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When looking for advice, it’s best to look toward the experts, or at the very least people who have lived long enough to have stumbled onto some type of experience. The last person from whom one should seek advice is someone who has the privilege of being born into a royal family who has – up until recently – taken care of everything for him.
While plugging tech startup “BetterUp” to the business magazine ‘Fast Company‘, Prince Harry applauded people leaving their jobs to seemingly improve their mental health during the global pandemic that resulted in millions of jobs being lost, with many of them never to return.
“COVID has accelerated a lot of trends in the workplace— like increased burnout and job resignations. How have you adapted your strategy to address these things?” ‘Fast Company’ asked during their interview with the royal.
Harry then launched into a philosophical musing on mental health in the workplace that some people would say works better in the movies than in real life.
“I’ve actually discovered recently, courtesy of a chat with [BetterUp science board member] Adam Grant, that a lot of the job resignations you mention aren’t all bad. In fact, it is a sign that with self-awareness comes the need for change,” the Duke of Sussex said. “Many people around the world have been stuck in jobs that didn’t bring them joy, and now they’re putting their mental health and happiness first. This is something to be celebrated.”
While it really is that simple for someone who lives in a multi-million-dollar mansion with his actress wife, most normal human beings might find this advice much harder to implement. For a variety of reasons (i.e., education, insurance, pay cuts, etc.,) most people can’t just up and leave their jobs just because they aren’t overjoyed with them. While most people agree that separating yourself from “toxic environments” including toxic work environments, will benefit you, such “wisdom” coming from someone with so little real-world experience is like taking diet tips from McDonald’s.
I 100% agree with distancing from toxic people and toxic environments, but its easy for people who don’t have to worry about paying bills to act like quitting a job is no big deal. It is.
— Amber Kelly (@AmberKe11y) December 6, 2021
Fun fact: People in unhappy jobs helped fund his education, his travels, his wedding, his life.
— Nick — Get jabbed 💉💉💪🏻 (@grantpark) December 6, 2021
How does Harry expect people to pay rent & food & gas without a job? Are they supposed to purchase their own health/dental insurance? In America you need an employer to pay half of the Social Security taxes if you want to see it at retirement. Try renting an apartment w/o a job.
— Primula (@Primula_England) December 6, 2021
Oh he forgot everyone’s not a prince to afford to just quit a job.
— L Simmons. (@kygirl270) December 6, 2021
All very well if you can afford to. Normal people don’t have the finances to just quit their job!
— Angie Fitz💙 (@Angelaf61260621) December 6, 2021
I can assure you my mental health state would be considerably worse if I had no income. Why not specify “changing job” instead? Don’t know many people that could just quit their job and survive financially for very long.
— Minto (@minto_craig) December 7, 2021
He has a point but some of us have bills to worry about lol
— paranoia, the Destroyer (@wildwestfilly) December 6, 2021
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