To some people, the JOB means everything. (And no we aren't talking about the brilliant Steve here. RIP.)
For some, their job embodies their future, livelihood, career, passion, even their meaning for existence. For the vast majority, it is a means to feed the family, put food on the table, pay the bills. Not surprisingly, what constitutes a job also varies according to different viewpoints. Collins English dictionary defines the word 'JOB' as (1) a person's occupation or paid employment; or (2) a piece of work, task.
As a freelancer, at times I have been told that my work is not a real job. Frankly, I take offense at people who utter such statements. If because I do not need to slog 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 hours or more in an office or workplace, I do not hold a job, then really, the problem lies more in the person's ability to comprehend English then in my attitude. As a matter of fact, such types of jobs are more aptly described by an acronym a friend of mine shared with me some time ago. Just Over Broke.