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This post was originally published on lengstorf.com on March 27, 2015.

The Cult of Work You Never Meant to Join

Jason Lengstorf
Apr 15, 2015 · 12 min read

Are our most valuable qualities being exploited at work? How our strengths get twisted into forming bad habits that — if we don’t change fast — just might kill us.

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You’re being force-fed an “ideal” work ethic that’s actually toxic for everyone involved.

You’ve Been Absorbed

The Overkill Cult is a cultural delusion that working 60+ hours each week — at the expense of everything else in our lives — is not only a necessary part of success, but that doing so is somehow honorable.

The Overkill Cult Will Kill You (Like It Tried to Kill Me)

The Canary in the Coal Mine, or How I Killed My Beard

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May, 2013 — about six months after my Black Friday fiasco.

How to Tell If You’re in a Cult

The Lies of the Overkill Cult

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This diagram is loosely based on one included in Sidney J. Chapman’s Hours of Labor.

By working 150% of the hours, you accomplish less in the long run.

Making Our Escape

Leaving the Overkill Cult Saved My Life

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Doing a superhero pose in front of a volcano in Costa Rica. (Notice my beard.)

Are You Ready to Make Your Escape?

Dump the Kool-Aid in the sink. Take back your freedom. Find the happiness and success you were looking for when you started this career.

What’s Next?


This Publication is Moved

Go to https://nomadlist.com/blog

Jason Lengstorf

Written by

⚡️ a.k.a. Blitz Jackson 📺 host of learnwithjason.dev 📝 blog: lengstorf.com 🎨 art: dribbble.com/jlengstorf 🥑 now: @Netlify ⏳ prev @gatsbyjs @IBM he/him

This Publication is Moved

Go to https://nomadlist.com/blog

Jason Lengstorf

Written by

⚡️ a.k.a. Blitz Jackson 📺 host of learnwithjason.dev 📝 blog: lengstorf.com 🎨 art: dribbble.com/jlengstorf 🥑 now: @Netlify ⏳ prev @gatsbyjs @IBM he/him

This Publication is Moved

Go to https://nomadlist.com/blog

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