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Three Myths of the Great Resignation – The Atlantic

The Great Resignation isn’t really about burnout. And it’s not really about what most people think of as resignations. To put it as concisely as possible: The Great Resignation is mostly a dynamic “free agency” period for low-income workers switching jobs to make more money, plus a moderate surge of early retirements in a pandemic.

​The most succinct and relatable terms I’ve seen discussing “The Great Resignation.”

Bought Halloween candy.
150 pieces from Costco.
We had two small groups of kids.
I think my wife and I ate more candy than we face out tonight.

What if people don’t want a career?

What’s profound about the career rejectionists is that their guiding questions are simple. What if work didn’t make you feel awful? What would life be like if we didn’t live to work? What do workers and employers actually owe each other? What if we structured our work lives around a different idea of success? It’s not a full-scale rejection of capitalism (though it can be that) or a call to burn down the system altogether. Those questioning their careers are simply daring to imagine what a better, more equitable future of work might look like. — What if people don’t want a career?

Changing jobs right before the pandemic has made me think a lot about the work I was doing before. And how pointless and dead-end it was. How I would lie to myself that it meant something or it would lead to anything.

I was a cog. In a government contracting machine. A head to count. A line on a spreadsheet. Nothing more.

I spent an hour commuting each day to these jobs. Sometimes more. Always more when I factor in how waking up at 7am to be at work by 8:30 or 9:00 was still part of the job.

I wasn’t being paid for it. But it surely felt like time I was giving to the company.

3 stars by default

Jack Baty writes

Here’s my star rating system for everything:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved it!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It was good
⭐️⭐️⭐️ It was OK
⭐️⭐️ I didn’t like it
⭐️ Hated it

With me, everything gets 3 stars by default. Books, movies, photographs, everything: 3 stars right off the bat. I always assume that this new thing or person or conversation will be OK at the very least. This applies to more than just media. It applies to people, too. Sometimes I’m disappointed and end up with 1 or 2 stars, but more often than not I’m surprised and delighted and my opinion of something or someone goes up rather than down.

This is how I approach something new as well. I go into a movie or TV show expecting to enjoy it. If it’s a mindless action movie, then I expect explosions, poor plot development and a mountain of spent bullet cases.

I’ve seen a ton of terrible science fiction movies, but they’re mostly what I expected from them. I joke that I would make a terrible movie reviewer because most of my reviews would be “it is what I expected it to be. ★★★”

Ground Rules for New Bloggers

Good advice here. Especially about creating ground rules. Make some rules for yourself. It’s easier to make decisions when you can ask Past You what you did last time. If you have a rule not to blog about breaking news or gossip, then it’s easy to refer to it when you’re tempted.

Ground rules are important for who you let in. This is your blog. Your space. Your little corner of the world. You don’t have to give a voice to anyone in it you don’t choose to. You’re not a politicians having to win favor. You’re not a company worried about making payroll or earnings reports.

You’re a person. Or people.

You decide.

You make the rules and can change them when it suits you. If something isn’t working, change it.

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