Put Yourself Last

How is this likely to play out?

Who does this story benefit?

Culture is Malleable

  • At some point, there were no child labor laws.
  • At some point, there was no 8-hour work day or 40-hour work week.
  • At some point, there was no employer-based healthcare.
  • you could move from job-to-job because you no longer fear losing your healthcare.
  • you could work 3 or 4 days per week, or only work half days, and still manage to afford a place to live and food on the table.
  • you could decide to change your career path and go get new training.
  • you could leave industries that are unethical or even dangerous to the survival of our species and not fear for your life because you lose your place to live, your healthcare, or your ability to avoid starvation.

Culture Shifts in Response to Stimuli

Stimuli: Pandemic

Culture Shift: A little flexibility

Stimuli: The Broken State of Work

Culture Shift: Bandages

Stimuli: Protests & Awareness

Culture Shift: Some meaningful attempts

What would happen if we all put ourselves first?

  • That means not answering emails sometimes.
  • That means taking an appointment with your therapist in the middle of the day on a Wednesday, if that’s all you, or they, have available.
  • That means doing what you need to do for yourself.
  • Determine your boundaries.
  • Find one opportunity to enforce your boundaries and put yourself first. Then, try it again. Repeat until it’s a habit and the people around you expect it.
  • Communicate with your cohorts about it, encourage them to take time for themselves too. We need them too.



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