Stories regularly appear on the network about how someone escaped from the office routine and is now doing business for the soul somewhere on the islands, earning three times more than “for an uncle.” Their moral is to be white collar is not cool. It’s cool to travel the world, freelance, work 4 hours a day and enjoy the moment. But this is only one side of the coin.
66outfit decided to figure out why people avoid regular jobs and what advantages of a stable life we sometimes forget, wanting to get an ideal one.
Where did the fashion for freedom come from?
An attempt to “escape from the system” has been made at all times. The ancient Greeks relied on hedonism as a philosophy of pleasure (which in the 18th century was nevertheless pushed into the framework of morality and ennobled). The inhabitants of ancient India found peace in Buddhism as a rejection of desires, and their meditative detachment against the background of any troubles in life is a little scary.
A tougher rejection of routine was practiced by hippies who fled the “American Dream” of the 1950s (stable job, home, family). They did not build a sustainable economic and cultural model. The desire for freedom often ended in endless festivals with varying degrees of alcohol and drug intoxication.
In the 21st century, the desire to avoid commitments smoothly transformed into a new trend – ghosting (from the English ghost – ghost). Hosting in a professional environment is when a person does not come for an interview , does not go to work without warning, or says that he is sick, and immediately spreads a philosophical post, attaching a photo of a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon to it.
Analysts blame this on the lowest unemployment rate in the United States in 49 years: there are enough vacancies to quickly find work without straining. Over the past few years, the number of “ghosts” in the global labor market has increased by 10-20%.
Suddenly disappearing employees can also be understood:
- 85% leave without warning because they do not want to conflict with the employer;
- 60% feel overworked and think they were underpaid.
Ghosting, to some extent, was a response to ignorance on the part of employers who simply did not respond to their resume . And now they are overwhelmed by a wave of similar behavior from job seekers.
Unfortunately, there is no perfect job
One can agree that the development of technology has made the world too complex. I want to hide unpleasant moments at work, like advertising in a browser. Social networks convince us that ordinary life is not cool. It’s cool to travel, enjoy life and seek your true calling. Hosting is still an attempt to find the very ideal job, avoiding difficulties and conflicts.
But there is no perfect job:
- The first impression of any activity will fade. The sensation of newness gives the brain a dose of dopamine , which keeps us alert, playful and engaged. But in any job, there is a cycle of repetitive activities that form a habit. Bothers everything.
- It takes time to master. And awareness. The 10,000- hour principle is only partially true, because repeating the same actions is not enough. It is necessary to deliberately complicate and change tasks, and then 3-4 thousand hours will be enough.
- Finding yourself (your passion, vocation) is a vague goal. It is difficult for the brain to keep track of time over long periods that have no clear boundaries . Therefore, during study, it lasts so long (there is a schedule), and in the absence of a plan for a year / several years it flies unnoticed.
- Easy work doesn’t mean good . It seems to a person that the right activity should come easily, because this is his vocation. As a result, as the tasks become more complex, he loses his initial interest and starts looking for a new job. Scientists at Stanford University recommend not looking for your passion, but developing it. And these are certain obligations.
The conviction that they need to find their vocation leads to the fact that people choose temporary work that does not correspond to qualifications, but allows them to travel and delve into themselves. Or they try themselves in areas that seem prestigious / in demand: designers, IT specialists, bloggers. Experts say that by 2020 in the United States alone, the number of bloggers may reach 31.7 million (!) People – their number is growing by almost a million a year.
The book “Eat, Pray, Love” was published in 2006, based on which a film of the same name was shot with Julia Roberts. It seems that everyone who is convinced that you need to look at the world in order to find yourself rely on the ideas of this book.
Few people think that Elizabeth Gilbert is a professional writer who had 13 years of experience when she started working on this book. She has built a career as a journalist, contributing to GQ, The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Her first book won the Hemingway Foundation Prize, the second was noted by The New York Times. “Eat, pray, love” is the work of an already accomplished specialist. Traveling was her job. After agreeing on the concept of the book, she received an advance payment from the publisher and paid for the trip with this money. It was not a search for myself.
Invisible benefits of everyday life
- A stable life is essential for the development of children. Scientists have investigated how stability affects the feeling of safety, academic performance, and behavior of children. Unstable work or its loss by one of the parents is a huge stress for the child.
- Boredom is the engine of creativity. Boredom evokes bad associations and one avoids it. But we are better at generating ideas if we get bored at first. The state of emptiness allows the brain to dive into the subconscious, pull out interesting facts from there and link them into a pattern of a new idea.
- A mortgage is not only an obligation, but also an investment. In the US, 40% of people cannot afford to own a home . The romanticization of the trailer / travel life is driven in part by the fact that there is no money, the inability or unwillingness to carry the burden of obligations.
The brain is so arranged that we cannot imagine ourselves in old age and realize what worries we will have. The priority of current tasks over future ones is not our fault. Too many distractions:
- Every day we receive an avalanche of notifications. The modern perception of reality even has a separate term – “tweeting of thinking”. Books are getting shorter, movie storylines are easier.
- The ability to edit images – with filters or in Photoshop – makes people feel not pretty enough .
- Social media is more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. Instagram is the social network with the most negative impact on health: it increases the feeling of anxiety, provokes the fear of missing something.
But if you realize their influence, you understand that time can be spent on something more important.
Share a photo from your work: what do you do every day, what makes you happy? Let’s be a bit of a work blogger.