🤯Unknown Unknowns #66 - Quiet Quitting
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My thinking on taking action and creating are from over ten years of passively consuming while wishing there was something better than my job. I've come across quite a few essays on job dissatisfaction, here are three:
The first one is the first public essay that I've ever written. The realization that I have a choice in my life is obvious, but hard to see when you're surrounded by everyone else's beliefs. It's the main idea of why I decided to call this newsletter Unknown Unknowns - often what you don't even know is there or possible is the most life-changing.
Jack Raines writes about why people have stopped asking themselves why they took their job:
For any gamers out there, one of the oldest tricks in the book is giving your younger sibling an unplugged/disconnected controller, so they feel like they are "playing", while you are in control the whole time.
Many "jobs" today are simply unplugged controllers. The work would get done, whether or not we take part in the process. We are simply moving numbers, smashing buttons, and staying busy, with no regard for actual productivity.
We never stop to ask "is this job necessary?"
The young kids call it "quiet quitting", but us Gen-Xers have always called it slacking off. Also known as sandbagging, it's putting just enough work in not to get fired. Or sprinting for a couple months when a promotion is in sight.
It's a response to the realization that your boss doesn't care about you, and then your job turns into maximizing the salary/hours-in-the-office ratio.
Khe Hy (as always) gets down to the root causes:
If you’re disenchanted with your job or burnt-out to a post-pandemic crisp, Quiet Quitting is missing the point.
It might make you feel better in the moment. But it’s like taking sleeping pills to cure insomnia. It addresses the symptoms, but not the root cause.
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Leaving you in peace,