This is My Great Resignation

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.

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4 thoughts on “This is My Great Resignation”

  1. I like the switch from The Great Resignation to My Great Resignation. It changes the meaning of the word ‘great’. Instead of referring only to the number of people resigning, it adds the feeling of how great it is to have resigned and be on this new journey of personal engagement.

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  2. My last permanent employment position was against the flow of my ‘career’, which had otherwise been in the direction of more freedom. It was more a symptom of other problems than a positive progression.

    So I struggled with it from the start, and was so glad to be out when I could finally afford it. I remember when I received my bonus and thought “I can resign”!

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  3. Realising that The Great Resignation was a thing, gave me the confidence to quit my job and give it a go. It turns out that permanent employment wasn’t as permanent as they thought.

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  4. I’m a bit shocked that The Great Resignation is about quitting one job to get a better one, one that’s more in line with modern expectations, specially after the pandemic. For me, what’s exciting about quitting is that the internet and the creator economy offer ways for people to quit working for a company and work for themselves on something they feel connected to. That’s what makes it ‘great’ in the qualitative sense, not just the quantity of people leaving their jobs.

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