DAN WOOTTON: A warning to the unwary; don’t quit your job like holier-than-thou Harry advises unless Silicon Valley’s wokerati are lining up to throw millions at you for doing nothing too
Has there ever been a more sickening illustration of a member of the Royal Family being so woefully out of touch with the lives of ordinary people?
The king of hypocrisy Prince Harry – a man paid tens of millions for doing sweet FA – hit a woke new low today by brazenly advising mere mortals ‘stuck in jobs that don’t bring them joy’ to quit.
That’s right, just three weeks before Christmas, if you’re not enjoying work, you should pack it in, walk out, tell the boss to get stuffed.
Presumably, that’s pretty easy to say for a bloke who was bankrolled by a rich daddy, has a £30 million inheritance tucked away in the bank and is now raking it in from US media giants after turning on his own family.
Harry has never experienced the fear felt by millions of Brits every day who work a multitude of jobs they don’t necessarily like very much to be able to put food on the table for their family and keep a roof over their head.
He was speaking in his ‘job’ as ‘chief impact officer’ with San Francisco-based, uber-woke £4 billion executive coaching business BetterUp.
The Duke of Sussex taking part in a Q&A with the San Francisco-based company BetterUp on Monday
Which is especially ironic because, let me assure you, being a chief impact officer is not a real job.
Rather, it’s a fake role created for politically correct companies with more money than sense to get a celebrity on the books to impress investors.
In other words, Holier-than-thou Harry – the man who hung his father out to dry for his connections to a rich Saudi looking for an honour – is an expensive hired mouthpiece for another bunch of Silicon Valley snake-oil salesmen.
Harry, who isn’t intellectually gifted, is already hiding behind Californian mumbo jumbo with great aplomb.
During the event today, he made his damaging comments while preaching about an apparent post-pandemic employment shake-up dubbed the ‘great resignation’, saying: ‘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.’
That advice stinks to high heaven and is actually deeply irresponsible and reckless.
Surely the worst possible thing for someone’s mental health is being left without the money to support themselves or their family.
But, as someone who has never had to grapple with overdrafts, unpaid credit cards or unexpected bills, that’s a stress Harry can’t even imagine.
Is he REALLY suggesting folk should give up a job without any emergency savings or the prospect of securing work that might make them happier?
Does he REALLY think signing up to the dole is a ticket to improved self-esteem?
My personal experience is that those who persevere in jobs they don’t necessarily find joyful will win in the end.
I hated filling the fat vat at McDonald’s before slaving over the French fries machine for eight hours, untangling 20,000 coat hangers non-stop at a department store for 12-hours a day, and sorting then delivering 10,000 pamphlets at 5.30am on a below zero winters morning.
But all three of those jobs helped fund my education that put me on a career path that I would enjoy.
In Harry’s professional utopia, I’d love to know who cooks the French fries, untangles the coat hangers and delivers the pamphlets.
Prince Harry (left) sat with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey
It certainly wasn’t him as he skated through his education without the need for a Saturday or part-time job.
As Kieran Boyle, managing director of CKB Recruitment in Gloucester, told MailOnline this afternoon: ‘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.’
Besides, many of the folk in my life who are the happiest overall absolutely despise their job.
In these cases it can actually end up being a positive thing because they work to live rather than live to work.
They all have an acute awareness that their professional pursuits, tiresome or boring or stressful that they are, are to fund their personal and family lives, which is what truly brings them joy.
It’s telling that many lotto winners end up returning to a job they worked before finding unexpected riches because they soon discover it’s a routine that keeps the rest of their life anchored.
But Harry doesn’t understand any of that.
These days, he earns his crust by naively pushing Californian propaganda on behalf of tech giants like Spotify, massive streaming companies like Netflix and even a bank called Ethic that all want to look socially responsible, even though many of their business practices leave much to be desired.
To hell with the consequences of how it makes ordinary people struggling to get by feel.
Perhaps the greatest contrast is with his brother Prince William, a man who has always refused to quit no matter how tough things get for the sake of the greater good and his country.
Prince William pictured on his first day with the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service in 2015, where he worked as a co-pilot transporting patients to hospital from emergencies
The Duke of Cambridge acknowledges that his life of great privilege – including no need to ever worry about money – comes with real sacrifice.
Just yesterday, in a new podcast for Apple, Wills told how he had been left facing a mental health crisis after rescuing a seriously injured child – believed to be five-year-old Bobby Hughes, who was left brain damaged after a horror car smash in 2017 – during his stint as an air ambulance helicopter pilot.
Opening up about how painful the experience at work was, William explained ‘It really hit me weeks later. It was like someone had put a key in a lock and opened it without me giving permission to do that. I felt like the whole world was dying.
‘My personal life and everything was absolutely fine. I was happy at home and work, but I kept looking at myself, going, ‘Why am I feeling like this? Why do I feel so sad?’
‘And I started to realise that, actually, you’re taking home people’s trauma, people’s sadness, and it’s affecting you.’
But did he quit? Hell no!
William sought help from someone within the service he could talk to, met with the family of the young boy he had helped save to find resolution, and continued in the emotionally traumatic job, until he eventually came under pressure to commit to full-time royal duties.
And that’s the real difference between the two royal brothers.
Stoic William is someone who finds his work difficult at times but pushes through with the acknowledgement it’s important and will make a difference for others, even though sometimes it’s far from joyful.
Snowflake Harry is the pin-up for the woke generation who believe the answer to every problem is crying discrimination and packing the whole thing in instead of bothering to stick it out for the greater good.
Thank the Lord only one of these men is going to be King.
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