August 29, 2022•768 words
Thoughts on Quiet Quitting
Definition of #QuietQuitting
First off, "Quiet Quitting" is defined as doing just enough at your dayjob to fly under the radar and not get fired.
As a SURVIVAL strategy, it's not too bad. But that's no way to live a life of SIGNIFICANCE.
What's that, you say? You don't have enough money to think about Significance? You're barely scraping enough together to worry about Survival?
That's all right, according to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, you're well within normal human behaviour. Survival comes first.
Quiet Quitting is simply the other side of the coin of employment, where the company pays you just enough so that you won't quit. It's codependent relationship dynamics expressed in an employment situation.
Be honest. If another company offers you double what you're currently earning to do the same job, wouldn't you jump ship, except maybe for the sharks in the waters below, the uncertainties?
You'd jump because the pull factor is strong enough to brave the unknown below.
Conversely, if your current company cut your pay by half, you'd also jump ship, damn the uncertainties. Nevermind about the maybe-sharks in the sea below. You'd take the risk because half-pay gives you enough of a push factor.
Ah, but if your company cut your pay to 80% of what you're currently getting, you'd just find ways to adapt. You'd curtail your dreams by 20%. You'd cut corners. You'd make it work.
Maybe you'd practise Quiet Quitting and reduce your productivity and commitment to 90%. The company's still profiting by 10% in this case, so your conscience is clear.
Only, do you want to spend your days as a 90% man or woman? Next year, you'll be 90 percent of 90 percent. Third year, you won't recognise yourself in the mirror. Fourth year, you'll be half the person you are now.
By the fifth year, you'll be a quarter of the person you are today. By the sixth year, you'll be the Walking Dead. These things have a way of compounding.
On the other hand, if you give 101% every day, over time it will compound until one day you wake up and suddenly you're twice the person you are now. And if you keep giving 101%, one day you'll wake up and be surprised to see Superman or Wonder Woman looking back at you from your mirror.
So what is the solution to Quiet Quitting?
Why are people "quiet quitting"? Because, practically, salaries are not keeping up with living expenses. That's why a JOB stands for Just Over Broke. You know the feeling of treading water to keep your nose above the water line. Some months you're underwater and some months you're thankfully above water to take a gulp of air before you go under again. You're being waterboarded by life. Waterboarding is the torture method of choice of the rogue states because it makes the victim FEEL like they're dyinf without ACTUALLY killing them. So it can be kept up indefinitely. Is that what you feel like? Do you feel like you're being waterboarded by life every day?
Instead of #quietquitting, work on a #silentstartup.
Instead of cutting down 10% of energy and focus from your dayjob, spend an extra 10% outside of your work hours working on a #sidehustle until its providing you a small, steady #passiveincome stream on the side.
Once that happens, you'll have a proof of concept. You've found something that works.
Then pour in the energy into your side hustle until it grows to match your income from your dayjob.
At this point, you'll have the option to choose whether you want to let go of your dayjob. If you choose to stay, it'll really be because you love it, not because you need the money.
It will be a win-win for you at that point. If you quit your dayjob, you'll have the income from your side hustle now all grown and able to support your living expenses.
If you decide to stay in your dayjob, you can pour your heart into it, knowing that the passive income from your side hustle is like a safety net beneath you. More than a safety net; it's like a net that's bearing you up and along. It feels like you're floating through life lying on a dense, fluffy cloud, gazing at the sky or the stars, depending on whether it's day or night.
Instead of #quietquitting, try a #silentstartup.
Now, the only question that remains is where to find a passive-income-generating side hustle that you can work in your extra 10% after-hours?