I permanently left permanent employment in July, 2022.
In the three years of my last employment, I noticed a steady worsening in my health. By the third year, I felt awful.
So here I am, making my break for freedom.
I think the last three years was the proof that I needed to go it alone, follow the great resignation, and see if I could survive in the creative economy.
I’m surprised that the great resignation is only about moving from one company to another, in search of better working conditions. I thought it would include the opportunities to work for ourselves, creating our own income, living on our own terms. This is the point of my own great resignation.
This is partly about me, but it’s also about a moment in time. In the pandemic of 2019, people started to talk about the great resignation. But the creator economy already existed, expanding from something that a few talented and brave people did, to something that many could aspire to. The rare cases of top youtubers getting rich was followed by a generation of people that did quite well with a smaller audience. People that quit their day jobs to make an income creating content online. This has been fuelled by the internet. But the next phase of this change is coming – artificial intelligence and robotics will press us further into a life where the needs for daily living require less sacrifice of precious human time. People like Demis Hassabis and Elon Musk are pointing to that future, as shown in science fiction such as Star Trek Next Generation where careers exist for human flourishing rather than to provide the necessities of living.