Prince Harry offers advice saying quitting job for mental health ‘should be celebrated’

In an interview in his role as chief impact officer of tech start-up BetterUp, Prince Harry talked about how many people around the world are stuck in jobs that “don’t bring them joy” and that quitting them is not a bad thing

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Prince Harry has said quitting your job for the sake of your mental health and happiness is “something to be celebrated.”

Harry issued the career advice for those stuck in jobs they don’t enjoy in an interview today in his role of chief impact officer at Silicon Valley tech start-up BetterUp.

The Prince joined BetterUp, a coaching and mental health firm, just under a year after he and wife Meghan Markle quit as senior royals and left the UK to carve out a new life in the US.

In the Q&A, Harry says that many people around the world are “stuck in jobs that don’t bring them joy” but now they are “putting their mental health and happiness first” by quitting.

Prince Harry, the chief impact officer at start-up firm BetterUp


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And he added that that the many job resignations during the Covid pandemic “aren’t all bad.”

In the interview with Fast Company, he explained: “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. This 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.

Harry and wife Meghan Markle, when they were working royals


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“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.”

Harry joined BetterUp in March and the start-up focuses on coaching people on their mental health to help people’s performance.

The couple have signed deals with the likes of Netflix and Spotify


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It offers custom support and services that “strengthen mental fitness,” with the aim of allowing customers to “unleash personal and professional performance.”

Explaining his decision to take the job, Harry previously told the Wall Street Journal : “I intend to help create impact in people’s lives.

“Proactive coaching provides endless possibilities for personal development, increased awareness, and an all-round better life.”

The company’s chief has kept his lips sealed on how much Harry is paid for his role.

But Colin Plamondon, a US-based apps investor, previously told the Mirror the royal’s star appeal to clients could bring handsome compensation £500,000 to £2 million a year “at a minimum” including salary and equity.

The new job is one of a number of new roles Harry and Meghan have secured since quitting the royal family last year.

They have also signed multi-million dollar contracts with Netflix and Spotify and become investors in an ethical investment company.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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