ICYMI, there's been a recent trend of viral TikTok videos, all with a similar theme: "I don't have goals. I don't have ambition. I only want to be attractive." Or "I don't want to be a girlboss. I don't want to hustle. I simply want to live my life slowly and lay down in a bed of moss with my lover and enjoy the rest of my existence reading books, creating art, and loving myself and the people in my life." ⁠

This "anti-work” ideology has been gaining popularity among younger millennials and Gen Z. In TikTok videos, job interviews, and more, these young adults have been shockingly open about their disdain for the “hustle” mentality. They complain openly about being underpaid, underappreciated, and overworked. ⁠

The phrase "I don't dream of labor" (popularized on social media) means rejecting work as a basis for one’s identity. Instead, this group views chooses to view work as a pure financial necessity. To put it simply: there are no "dream jobs" for these young adults because they don't dream of working. ⁠

Gen Z is not the first to experience economic hardship … but they are the first generation to have a massive platform to broadcast their disillusionment.⁠

And data indeed shows that young adults are not long for many jobs. Gen Z workers are “more likely to change jobs more often than any other generation."  ⁠

Reading about this anti-work movement got us thinking…⁠

 ?  Should your work/job be a core part of your identity? Or is work just, well, … work?⁠

 ?  Is work important for people’s personal development? (For example: Does it help people figure out their purpose in life? Does it force you to learn and grow in ways that being jobless would not?)⁠

 ?  At the end of the day … What’s the purpose of work?⁠


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