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Upgrade: The quiet desperation of Generation X workers across America

They’re dazed and confused — about their careers.

Forty-three-year-old Josh Zepess spent nearly 20 years, most recently as a design engineer, at a semiconductor company — with lots of success, including about 10 promotions and a multi-six-figure salary. “I thought I had it made,” the Generation Xer says, adding that for years he was “the good soldier” who “did everything expected of me.”

‘I was sitting in a grey cubicle 10 hours a day and still had little to show for it except a title and a stressful life.’

—Josh Zepess, Gen Xer

But a few years ago, he began to realize that — despite being on-paper successful — he wasn’t happy.

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