They’re baaaaack! Not another Poltergeist movie. Worse. Harry and Meghan.
Even after losing their HRH royal titles last year, they retained their Duke and Duchess titles. Hence, Harry and Meghan Markle are now, formally, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The “Sussexes,” as it were. And they are arguably the most out-of-touch-with-reality ex-members of a royal family in modern history.
More specifically, Harry is back — I “might have” teased you with Meghan — spectacularly proving the point I just made. In a word, argues the erstwhile prince, if you hate your job, “Just quit, then.” Besides, Harry adds, just up and quitting a job you don’t like can “bring you [newfound] joy.”
I’ll wait if you’d like to make a final phone call to that boss you hate. Good to go?
Anyway, as reported by Daily Mail, Harry, who lives with Meghan and their two “urchins” in a $14.7 million estate in Montecito, yet whined to Oprah about being cut off financially by Buckingham Palace, has a growing number of endorsement deals with companies that pay him to represent their products.
During a recent roundtable interview with Fast Company, Harry talked about his latest venture, the role of “chief impact officer” with San-Francisco-based mental health start-up BetterUp. “Start-up,” as defined by a $4.7 billion valuation right out of the gate.
In response to a question about how BetterUp has adapted its strategy to address accelerated trends in the workplace such as increased burnout and job resignations, Harry ‘splained:
It brings us back to the thesis of BetterUp, and the work Alexi and Eddie and team have been doing for the last eight-plus years before I arrived, [and] also my personal belief and work in the mental fitness space.
While on the surface it looks like these last couple of years brought all these issues to the foreground, the reality is these struggles and issues have been brewing for quite some time. We’re just at the beginning of the mental health awakening.
‘his work has never been more important because people are finally paying attention, and a big component of this mission is building awareness and continuing to pioneer the conversation.
Pretty much “nothingness” there, Harry.
Not the mental health awakening part — that is always a meaningful discussion. I’m talking about the lack of whys or causes for the current employment situation mentioned by a guy who has never had a real job and never will. As we reported in October, a record 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in August despite a strong economy.
So what was — and remains — the deal? What’s really going on?
As reported by The New York Times, CNBC, Fox Business, and other outlets at the time, the economy was expected to rebound strongly in 2021 and had done so — relatively speaking, despite the disastrous September jobs report, as well.
So what did experts point to — and still do — as a major factor?
In a word, President “Build Back Better,” who, in my not too humble opinion in this case (I spent 27 years in the financial markets), has zero idea what he’s doing as it relates to so-called “job creation” by the federal government (the government does not create jobs despite president after president claiming their administrations do), which is another topic for another time (again).
Put Simply, Joe Biden nearly singlehandedly continues to destroy the U.S. jobs market, Harry.
This is where Harry thinks disgruntled Americans should just quit their jobs.
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. 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.
Kinda like quitting the Royal Family thing? Now that makes sense — in that whole make-believe world.
Finally, British wit being what it is, lemme share a few responses to Harry’s wisdom, as transcribed by Daily Mail, before we wrap this one.
Kieran Boyle, managing director of CKB Recruitment in Gloucester:
This fella really does live in cloud cuckoo land, doesn’t he? Sure, most people would love to chuck in a job they hate, but the reality is a different thing entirely.
A massive chunk of working people are only two or three pay packets away from losing everything. Perhaps our young prince should start to engage his brain more before his lips move.
Rob Peters, mortgage expert at Simple Fast Mortgage in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, nailed it:
If you quit your job without the means to support yourself, I am pretty sure that the stress of ‘where the next meal will come from’ might be equally bad for your mental health.
Finally, the following observation from royal biographer Angela Levin, author of the 2018 book” Harry: Conversations with the Prince,” is perfect:
Harry is utterly out of touch with people telling them to quit their jobs if they have mental health issues. Not everyone has £30million tucked away in the bank.
I wonder if he’d give the same advice to people whose mental health is made worse by their marriage. Be quiet H, please.
Outstanding advice, Harry.
Meanwhile, let’s go, Brandon!