Intentional “Overemployment” means firing your inner boss
This movement, ironically, has tons of Big Quit Energy
If you haven’t heard, there’s a new “trend” of sorts of people working two (or more) remote jobs at once without telling anyone to cash two or three salaries at once.
While on the surface this work-humping at its worst, in complete opposition to developing Big Quit Energy, poking around their main hub of advice (seriously, this is a whole community) shows it’s quite the opposite.
What catches my eye most is their explicit ethos of intentionally neglecting their second/third jobs to avoid burnout. They take additional jobs fully expecting to get fired from them eventually but enjoy the extra money in the meantime.
What if you’re uncomfortable with that notion? Their answer is to get over yourself and “put ego aside”:
We’re primed at a young age to be the very best we can be...you’re aiming to be a leader in your personal life…who cares if you’re not a leader in the public eye of the workplace? Work is just a means to an end.
This route is likely not for me and, to be completely honest, I’m not sure I consider it fully “ethical.” But my personal hang-ups aside, I hold these people as spiritual role models for how they’ve rewired their inner narratives to feel ok doing shitty work without worrying about how they’re perceived.
As someone who was raised in an environment that demanded good grades and not embarrassing my family (no wonder I’m a workaholic) this mindset is still very foreign to me. Frankly, I’d love to experience it.
(PS. The linked article also has genius passages on how to look like you’re on top of things you haven’t even started yet, just by communicating often about how you haven’t started. This is something I HAVE done a lot of and can attest to great results.)