I didn’t “quiet quit”. I actually quit and it’s been amazing.
In 2019 I wanted only one thing
I was ready to quit the corporate world.
In favor of life I loved.
I knew this was as good as it would get.
After moving around office jobs in New York, London, Hong Kong, and Melbourne, I had a fair understanding of what it’s like to work for a company.
My company paid me well. There was no overtime. I worked in a swanky office with a view of the entire city of Melbourne. I was rarely stressed – except for that day that I send 40K people an email with the opener:
But that’s another story entirely.
Sure, I could get a promotion, increase my salary, and get a corner office, but ultimately this was it: selling my soul for money.
“Quiet quitting” is on trend for a reason
Having worked in stressful ad agencies in my twenties, I know a thing or two about overtime.
I also know plenty of people who treated their work as if it were life-threatening.
If you’re not familiar; “quiet quitting” is a term that means staying in your workplace without going above and beyond.
For those who want to prioritize their family, mental health, and personal life more, it’s an attractive option.
My question is: does it go far enough?
If you hate your job, if you feel unfulfilled, if you yearn for something more, half-checking out of your job might not get you where you need to be.
If you spend 40 hours of your week working, it’s important to ensure it’s giving you something. Whether that’s money to work on your dream, experience, or exposure to the right people. Ideally, you feel in some way fulfilled by what you do.
If not, make sure “quiet quitting” is actually giving you the chance to make significant steps.