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- For years, I’ve always been the one to raise my hand at work and go above and beyond.
- But when I realized it was affecting my health, I “quietly quit” – but I just called it setting limits.
- Having that extra time has allowed me to earn money on YouTube and other hustles.
Even though “silent shutdown” has been a hot topic for the past few months, I had no idea what it was until I dug around a bit. I learned that silent resignation is a tendency among workers to refuse to go above and beyond at work and just do what you were hired to do.
As I continued to read other articles and saw people discussing quietly quitting on TikTok, I thought, “This is nothing new.” I started doing this years ago, and for me it was just about setting boundaries.
Once I realized there was no guarantee I would see the benefits of overworking myself, I was able to find a lot more time for side hustles and avoid burnout by “quietly quitting “. It also didn’t stop me from moving up the ladder at work.
I’ve always been a hard worker – but I took it too far
I’ve been a hard worker all my life, and it has a lot to do with growing up lower middle class. My father always taught me to give more, not less, and I always had to work twice as hard to succeed. We were regularly struggling with money and also receiving eviction threats, so part of my hard work is the anxiety that I will be the weakest link at work and be fired.
I couldn’t afford college, so I dropped out after one semester and started working full time. From the start, I worked myself way beyond anything that would be considered healthy. For years, if the bosses needed someone to work overtime, I volunteered. If they needed someone to do something outside of their job description, I would sign up. I made sure I was always available via my phone when I was away from work, and even let people know they could reach me if I was sick or on vacation.
To be honest, sick days and vacation days were rare because I never wanted to take time off.
After doing this for over a decade, I realized it was a major contributing factor to my addiction. I was constantly stressed and exhausted, and I didn’t take care of my mental health. What’s worse is that although I’ve always been one of the hardest workers, I was regularly passed up for promotions and never got raises to match the extra work I did. have provided.
I finally started setting limits – AKA “quit smoking quietly”
Getting sober in 2012 made me realize that I needed to start setting boundaries, and if the job wasn’t going to pay me what I was worth, I needed time to earn that money somewhere else.
I started learning to just say “no” to people at work, including managers. It was hard because I like to please people, but people were surprisingly okay as long as I wasn’t a jerk. I was still in control but I didn’t realize it. With limits, we teach people how to treat us.
I was honest with people and told them that I had to leave work on time or that I was busy with other projects and couldn’t help them. Once I started leaving the office on time regularly, I had plenty of time at home where I could start hustling. While working in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, I started my YouTube channel and wrote my first book with my extra time.
I was able to take all that extra effort I was giving away for free and use it for myself. Growing up on social media is hard, but I started creating daily content. Eventually I started making thousands of dollars every month from my YouTube channel. In my best month, I made $7,000 from YouTube, and I didn’t even have to sell anything because of the way they pay creators with ad revenue.
How many jobs will give us a raise that will pay as well?
Stopping quietly helping me to develop my side hustle
If I hadn’t had that extra time to quit quietly, I never would have been able to earn that extra money. I needed that extra time to learn how to create quality YouTube videos. I was able to teach myself how to do audio and video editing, which also helped me when I finally started a podcast. This extra time also allowed me to learn how to make extra money through affiliate marketing, which sometimes brought in an extra $500-1000 per month.
The funny thing about all of this is that I always go above and beyond at work. I help others and take on additional projects whenever possible. This year, I started working in the best job I’ve ever had, and in my first six months, I earned an excellent reputation with everyone from management to CEO. The main difference is that I now do the extra work on my terms. I set boundaries early on, so they know I’m happy to help, but I’ll also let them know when I can’t.
I like to work and I like to create. Above all, I like having financial security. While working full time, I still manage my YouTube channel, host a podcast, and flip Lego sets on eBay. I even have time to earn extra money by freelance writing about personal finance, like this article you just read.