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Hamster Wheels

Hamster Wheels

Tal Raviv

April 21, 2019
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  1. @talraviv
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    hamster
    wheels

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  2. @talraviv
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    the modern world is a weird place

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  3. @talraviv
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    I’m told it’s made surviving past 30
    easier than before

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  4. @talraviv
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    I’m told it’s made surviving past 30
    easier than before
    for some people at least

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  5. @talraviv
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    the rest has been confusing

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  6. @talraviv
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    Here’s one question: after safety and health,
    what should I do with my time?

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  7. @talraviv
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    I’ve given this a lot of thought

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  8. @talraviv
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    and I drew an intricate diagram

    to explain everything

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  9. @talraviv
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  10. @talraviv
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    ha it’s a hamster

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  11. @talraviv
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    on a hamster wheel

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  12. @talraviv
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    that’s my diagram that explains life

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  13. @talraviv
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    that’s my diagram that explains life
    wait.

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  14. @talraviv
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    that’s my diagram that explains life
    wait.
    wait!

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  15. @talraviv
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    that’s my diagram that explains life
    wait.
    wait!
    WAIT

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  16. @talraviv
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    our time
    can be spent

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  17. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel

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  18. @talraviv
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    or just being a hamster

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  19. @talraviv
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    here’s what each means

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  20. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Innovation
    being a hamster
    means

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  21. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Innovation
    Solving problems
    being a hamster
    means

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  22. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Innovation
    Solving problems
    Providing
    being a hamster
    means

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  23. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Innovation
    Solving problems
    Providing
    Doing commerce
    being a hamster
    means

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  24. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Innovation
    Solving problems
    Providing
    Doing commerce
    Figuring out how
    the world works
    being a hamster
    means

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  25. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Innovation
    Solving problems
    Providing
    Doing commerce
    Figuring out how
    the world works
    being a hamster
    means
    Enjoying being alive

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  26. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Innovation
    Solving problems
    Providing
    Doing commerce
    Figuring out how
    the world works
    being a hamster
    means
    Enjoying being alive
    Loving fellow
    hamsters

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  27. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Innovation
    Solving problems
    Providing
    Doing commerce
    Figuring out how
    the world works
    being a hamster
    means
    Enjoying being alive
    Loving fellow
    hamsters
    Family friends time

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  28. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Innovation
    Solving problems
    Providing
    Doing commerce
    Figuring out how
    the world works
    being a hamster
    means
    Enjoying being alive
    Loving fellow
    hamsters
    Family friends time
    Expressing yourself

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  29. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Innovation
    Solving problems
    Providing
    Doing commerce
    Figuring out how
    the world works
    being a hamster
    means
    Enjoying being alive
    Loving fellow
    hamsters
    Family friends time
    Expressing yourself
    Hanging out and
    laughing

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  30. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Achievement
    being a hamster
    means

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  31. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Achievement
    Self-expression
    being a hamster
    means

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  32. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Achievement
    Self-expression
    Pushing yourself
    being a hamster
    means

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  33. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Achievement
    Self-expression
    Pushing yourself
    being a hamster
    means
    Community

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  34. @talraviv
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    running on the
    hamster wheel
    means
    Achievement
    Self-expression
    Pushing yourself
    being a hamster
    means
    Community
    Faith

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  35. @talraviv
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    both are fantastic

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  36. @talraviv
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    both are us

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  37. @talraviv
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    buuuut

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  38. @talraviv
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    buuuuuuuuuuuut

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  39. @talraviv
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    buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut

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  40. @talraviv
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    we take hamster wheels
    quite seriously

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  41. @talraviv
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    the reason
    is asymmetry

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  42. @talraviv
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    when youre on the
    hamster wheel
    visible markers
    vs when youre just
    being a hamster
    invisible joy

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  43. @talraviv
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    when youre on the
    hamster wheel
    visible markers
    it’s easy to showcase
    accomplishments
    vs when youre just
    being a hamster
    invisible joy
    it’s hard to showcase love
    & family & friendship

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  44. @talraviv
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    when youre on the
    hamster wheel
    visible markers
    it’s easy to showcase
    accomplishments
    salary
    vs when youre just
    being a hamster
    invisible joy
    it’s hard to showcase love
    & family & friendship
    ?

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  45. @talraviv
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    when youre on the
    hamster wheel
    visible markers
    it’s easy to showcase
    accomplishments
    salary
    house size
    vs when youre just
    being a hamster
    invisible joy
    it’s hard to showcase love
    & family & friendship
    ?
    ?

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  46. @talraviv
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    when youre on the
    hamster wheel
    visible markers
    it’s easy to showcase
    accomplishments
    salary
    house size
    title
    vs when youre just
    being a hamster
    invisible joy
    it’s hard to showcase love
    & family & friendship
    ?
    ?
    ?

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  47. @talraviv
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    I mean, have you ever gotten an intro like this?

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  48. @talraviv
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    I mean, have you ever gotten an intro like this?
    (I made this up)

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  49. @talraviv
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    or a public profile that highlighted this?

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  50. @talraviv
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    or a public profile that highlighted this?
    or gamified this?

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  51. @talraviv
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    or a public profile that highlighted this?
    or gamified this?
    nerds, please don’t build
    this startup
    you’ll ruin everything

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  52. @talraviv
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    when youre on the
    hamster wheel
    society awards
    prestige
    vs when youre just
    being a hamster
    no award
    ceremonies needed

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  53. @talraviv
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    when youre on the
    hamster wheel
    stuff goes in your
    twitter/fb/linkedin/
    corporate bio
    vs when youre just
    being a hamster
    no need to
    document this
    publicly

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  54. @talraviv
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    when youre on the
    hamster wheel
    stuff goes in your
    twitter/fb/linkedin/
    corporate bio
    (people realize the
    narrative is more
    important)
    vs when youre just
    being a hamster
    no need to
    document this
    publicly
    (people who
    document this are
    missing the point)

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  55. @talraviv
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    when youre on the
    hamster wheel
    we compare
    ourselves
    vs when youre just
    being a hamster
    nothing to compare
    on

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  56. @talraviv
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    when youre on the
    hamster wheel
    we compare
    ourselves
    we get competitive
    vs when youre just
    being a hamster
    nothing to compare
    on
    we can’t compete

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  57. @talraviv
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    they say…
    “what gets measured gets improved”

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  58. @talraviv
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    they say…
    “what gets measured gets improved”
    and never mention…
    “what gets measured is what we irrationally fixate
    on and feel bad about, regardless of our values”

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  59. @talraviv
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    as a result

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  60. @talraviv
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    we take hamster wheels
    quite seriously

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  61. @talraviv
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    the hamster wheel
    gets priority
    vs just being a
    hamster
    first thing sacrificed

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  62. @talraviv
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    the hamster wheel
    gets priority
    …but rather endless
    vs just being a
    hamster
    first thing sacrificed
    …but the point of it

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  63. @talraviv
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    buuuut

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  64. @talraviv
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    buuuuuuuuuuuut

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  65. @talraviv
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    buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut

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  66. @talraviv
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    From Wikipedia:
    “Like other rodents, hamsters are highly
    motivated to run in wheels…”

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  67. @talraviv
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    “..it is not uncommon to record distances of
    9 km (5.6 mi) being run in one night.”

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  68. @talraviv
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    “Hypotheses to explain such high levels of
    running in wheels include a need for activity,
    substitute for exploration…”

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  69. @talraviv
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    “However, free wild mice will run on wheels
    installed in the field…”

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  70. @talraviv
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    the hamster wheel
    problem solving
    adaptation
    evolution
    just being a
    hamster
    susceptibility
    passivity
    stagnation

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  71. @talraviv
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    the hamster wheel
    growth
    strength
    just being a
    hamster
    atrophy
    weakness

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  72. @talraviv
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    the hamster wheel
    self-expression
    assert ones self
    just being a
    hamster
    fading into group
    swept around

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  73. @talraviv
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    we like our
    hamster wheels

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  74. @talraviv
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    theyre damn FUN

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  75. @talraviv
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    its the
    human condition

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  76. @talraviv
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    its the
    human condition
    I mean uh, hamster condition?

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  77. @talraviv
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    Chip on shoulder
    Status/Ambition
    Self distraction
    Intense personality
    people run hard for all
    sorts of reasons

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  78. @talraviv
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    Chip on shoulder
    Status/Ambition
    Self distraction
    Intense personality
    people run hard for all
    sorts of reasons
    Mission
    Love of the game
    Mastery
    Curiosity

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  79. @talraviv
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    Chip on shoulder
    Status/Ambition
    Self distraction
    Intense personality
    people run hard for all
    sorts of reasons
    Mission
    Love of the game
    Mastery
    Curiosity
    Identity

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  80. @talraviv
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    ironically

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  81. @talraviv
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    on the
    hamster wheel
    wins are short-lived
    vs when youre just
    being a good hamster
    long-term
    fulfillment

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  82. @talraviv
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  83. @talraviv
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    (When you’re 21, going to Penn, and
    into startups, Josh K is your hero)
    the linked essay, by Tony Schwartz, is excellent: https://www.nytimes.com/
    2015/05/02/business/dealbook/the-enduring-hunt-for-personal-value.html

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  84. @talraviv
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    ~2,300 years earlier

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  85. @talraviv
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  86. @talraviv
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  87. @talraviv
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    aaaaand in our modern world,
    we manipulate each other to run harder:

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  88. @talraviv
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    aaaaand in our modern world,
    we manipulate each other to run harder:
    ✅ make behaviors countable

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  89. @talraviv
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    aaaaand in our modern world,
    we manipulate each other to run harder:
    ✅ make behaviors countable
    ✅ make success visible

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  90. @talraviv
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    aaaaand in our modern world,
    we manipulate each other to run harder:
    ✅ make behaviors countable
    ✅ make success visible
    ✅ assign prestige to irrational choices

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  91. @talraviv
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    ✅ ✅



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  92. @talraviv
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  93. @talraviv
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    but don’t worry

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  94. @talraviv
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    I’m an overachiever

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  95. @talraviv
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    so I’ve spent time
    dealing with hamster wheels

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  96. @talraviv
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    so I’ve spent time
    dealing with hamster wheels
    taking them too seriously

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  97. @talraviv
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    so I’ve spent time
    dealing with hamster wheels
    taking them too seriously
    & comparing myself to others

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  98. @talraviv
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    here are three tactics that help me

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  99. @talraviv
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    REMEMBER HAMSTER WHEELS
    SPIN IN PLACE

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  100. @talraviv
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    REMEMBER HAMSTER WHEELS
    SPIN IN PLACE
    HANG WITH PEOPLE
    WHO KNOW ITS A HAMSTER WHEEL

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  101. @talraviv
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    REMEMBER HAMSTER WHEELS
    SPIN IN PLACE
    HANG WITH PEOPLE
    WHO KNOW ITS A HAMSTER WHEEL
    HANG IN PLACES THAT HAVE MORE
    THAN JUST HAMSTER WHEELS

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  102. @talraviv
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    REMEMBER
    HAMSTER WHEELS
    SPIN IN PLACE

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  103. @talraviv
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    …which of these gives you
    a pang in your gut…

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  104. @talraviv
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    they wrote a book and you didnt

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  105. @talraviv
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    they got your title 3 years younger

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  106. @talraviv
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    they went to a college you didnt get into

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  107. @talraviv
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    their business did better than yours

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  108. @talraviv
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    they published more papers than you

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  109. @talraviv
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    their salary is higher than yours

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  110. @talraviv
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    they live in a bigger house

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  111. @talraviv
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    they read more books on goodreads

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  112. @talraviv
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    they have 10x more twitter followers

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  113. @talraviv
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    more people report to them than to you

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  114. @talraviv
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    they got a bigger grant than you did

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  115. @talraviv
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    they are having more fun on instagram

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  116. @talraviv
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    they have lots of trophies

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  117. @talraviv
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    they have lots of trophies
    (it just dawned on me
    why awards are metallic and shiny)

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  118. @talraviv
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    feel it?

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  119. @talraviv
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    so if someone is visibly
    doing more than you

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  120. @talraviv
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    just imagine their lil’ hamster wheel

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  121. @talraviv
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    and they’re a cute hamster
    running furiously

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  122. @talraviv
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    while staying in place

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  123. @talraviv
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  124. @talraviv
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    PS: not even mentioning
    survivorship bias, randomness, or inequality
    If you want to read about some math and numbers:
    1) A cool computer simulation of skill & chance:
    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610395/if-youre-so-smart-why-arent-you-
    rich-turns-out-its-just-chance/
    2) Fooled by Randomness by Nasim Taleb will make you look differently
    at the “brilliant visionaries” of Wall Street.
    3) Numbers that question the “meritocracy” of tech:
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/10/12/silicon-valley-diversity-tech-
    hiring-computer-science-graduates-african-american-hispanic/14684211/
    and pretty much the rest of US and World history

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  125. @talraviv
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    and also remember, it stays in place

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  126. @talraviv
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    running on the hamster wheel 2x more
    doesn’t make you 2x more loved

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  127. @talraviv
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    running on the hamster wheel 2x more
    doesn’t make you 2x more loved
    “I know many people who have a lot of
    money, and they get testimonial dinners
    and they get hospital wings named after
    them. But the truth is that nobody in the
    world loves them.”
    Warren Buffett

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  128. @talraviv
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    My dad is a great dad.
    I got really lucky.

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  129. @talraviv
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    The other day I watched him give a lecture
    And remembered the cool stuff he pioneered
    Like self-driving vehicles, 30 years ago

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  130. @talraviv
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    and I noticed something:
    as much as I tried to cast him differently and
    see him as a pioneer etc.
    it was kind of hard and didn’t register

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  131. @talraviv
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    and I noticed something:
    as much as I tried to cast him differently and
    see him as a pioneer etc.
    it was kind of hard and didn’t register
    …cause he’s just my dad

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  132. @talraviv
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    So, it’s just a funny wheel

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  133. @talraviv
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    HANG WITH
    PEOPLE WHO
    KNOW ITS A
    HAMSTER WHEEL

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  134. @talraviv
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    If I meet someone who injects their successes
    out of context into conversation

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  135. @talraviv
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    If I meet someone who injects their successes
    out of context into conversation
    The house(s) they bought
    Their career
    Their business success

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  136. @talraviv
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    Or if I meet a new person socially who steers the
    conversation to be about our jobs

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  137. @talraviv
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    Or if I meet a new person socially who steers the
    conversation to be about our jobs
    Or their first or second question
    is “what do you do?”

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  138. @talraviv
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    It’s not impossible we’ll get along
    But I keep my distance

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  139. @talraviv
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    It’s not impossible we’ll get along
    But I keep my distance
    Even though
    (perhaps because)
    I love my work

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  140. @talraviv
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    Looking back I’ve noticed

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  141. @talraviv
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    Looking back I’ve noticed
    the people I’ve respected the most

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  142. @talraviv
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    Looking back I’ve noticed
    the people I’ve respected the most
    and friends I’ve kept in touch with the most

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  143. @talraviv
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    Looking back I’ve noticed
    the people I’ve respected the most
    and friends I’ve kept in touch with the most
    are friends who don’t
    define themselves
    by their hamster wheel

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  144. @talraviv
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    it helps if you

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  145. @talraviv
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    HANG IN PLACES
    THAT HAVE MORE
    THAN JUST
    HAMSTER WHEELS

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  146. @talraviv
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    I minimize my social media
    aside from being addictive and soulless
    they’re full of weirdly visible counts of success

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  147. @talraviv
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    I minimize my social media
    aside from being addictive and soulless
    they’re full of weirdly visible counts of success
    and carefully crafted feeds
    and bios (& literal checkmarks) ✅

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  148. @talraviv
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    I minimize my social media
    aside from being addictive and soulless
    they’re full of weirdly visible counts of success
    and carefully crafted feeds
    and bios (& literal checkmarks)
    regardless of what matters

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  149. @talraviv
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    I minimize my social media
    aside from being addictive and soulless
    they’re full of weirdly visible counts of success
    and carefully crafted feeds
    and bios (& literal checkmarks)
    regardless of what matters
    (if it makes you money, enjoy)

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  150. @talraviv
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    Or at work

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  151. @talraviv
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    Or at work
    People higher up in the org chart
    talk in a way to make you think
    you aspire to be higher up in the org chart

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  152. @talraviv
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    Or at work
    People higher up in the org chart
    talk in a way to make you think
    you aspire to be higher up in the org chart
    Though objectively, past a certain salary,
    it’s not worth the money, title, stress, etc.

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  153. @talraviv
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    Or when people brag about how little they
    sleep, how focused they are, etc.

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  154. @talraviv
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    Or when people brag about how little they
    sleep, how focused they are, etc.
    I just imagine them
    on their little hamster wheel
    and go talk to someone else

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  155. @talraviv
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    Geographically,
    SF, DC, NY, LA…
    are all cities where you can easily believe the
    hamster wheel is all there is in life

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  156. @talraviv
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    Geographically,
    SF, DC, NY, LA…
    are all cities where you can easily believe the
    hamster wheel is all there is in life

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  157. @talraviv
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    so…

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  158. @talraviv
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    REMEMBER HAMSTER WHEELS
    SPIN IN PLACE

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  159. @talraviv
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    REMEMBER HAMSTER WHEELS
    SPIN IN PLACE
    HANG WITH PEOPLE
    WHO KNOW ITS A HAMSTER WHEEL

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  160. @talraviv
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    REMEMBER HAMSTER WHEELS
    SPIN IN PLACE
    HANG WITH PEOPLE
    WHO KNOW ITS A HAMSTER WHEEL
    HANG IN PLACES THAT HAVE MORE
    THAN JUST HAMSTER WHEELS

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  161. @talraviv
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    Paul Buchheit is this tech-famous dude who did
    a bunch of early important things at Google like
    create Gmail and Adsense.
    He later became an investor in a bunch of
    companies, etc. etc.

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  162. @talraviv
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    Paul Buchheit is this tech-famous dude who did
    a bunch of early important things at Google like
    create Gmail and Adsense.
    He later became an investor in a bunch of
    companies, etc. etc.
    but that’s not why I’m quoting him

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  163. @talraviv
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    his brother Steve Buchheit passed away from
    cancer at 33 years old
    and Paul later wrote this:

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  164. @talraviv
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    “Sometimes, when I write about startups or
    other interests of mine, I worry that perhaps
    I'm communicating the wrong priorities.
    “Investing money, creating new products, and
    all the other things we do are wonderful
    games and can be a lot of fun, but it’s
    important to remember that it’s all just a
    game.

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  165. @talraviv
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    “What's most important is that we are good
    too each other, and ourselves.
    “If we ‘win,’ but have failed to do that, then
    we have lost. Winning is nothing.

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  166. @talraviv
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    “This doesn't mean that we can't push
    ourselves or stretch our own limits. Those
    things can be very healthy, but only when
    done for their own sake.

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  167. @talraviv
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    “Please be good to each other, and yourself.”

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  168. @talraviv
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    the modern world is a weird place

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  169. @talraviv
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    after safety and health,
    what should I do with my time?

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  170. @talraviv
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  171. @talraviv
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    All of the above.

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  172. @talraviv
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    However much I want.

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  173. @talraviv
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    However much I want.

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  174. @talraviv
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    the end

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  175. @talraviv
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    whew

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  176. @talraviv
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    you can stop here

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  177. @talraviv
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    go to the bathroom

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  178. @talraviv
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    stretch

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  179. @talraviv
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    i have a small epilogue

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  180. @talraviv
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    theres a question
    that kept popping up in my mind

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  181. @talraviv
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    which is

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  182. @talraviv
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    what about good causes that help people
    or save people

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  183. @talraviv
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    like medical research

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  184. @talraviv
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    like government policy

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  185. @talraviv
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    like competitive markets

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  186. @talraviv
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    like mission driven organizations

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  187. @talraviv
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    like aid to developing countries

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  188. @talraviv
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    like “justified wars”

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  189. @talraviv
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    sigh

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  190. @talraviv
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    so

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  191. @talraviv
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    They are all important forms of problem solving
    even urgent

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  192. @talraviv
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    but

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  193. @talraviv
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    how do I say this

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  194. @talraviv
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    theyre really really big hamster wheels

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  195. @talraviv
    talraviv.org
    capitalism
    tribalism
    industrialization

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  196. @talraviv
    talraviv.org
    capitalism
    tribalism
    industrialization
    all those big forces I try not to think about

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  197. @talraviv
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    all hamster wheels

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  198. @talraviv
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    I thought about it and realized that no matter
    how pure the cause

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  199. @talraviv
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    I thought about it and realized that no matter
    how pure the cause
    antibiotics

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  200. @talraviv
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    I thought about it and realized that no matter
    how pure the cause
    antibiotics
    aiding poverty

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  201. @talraviv
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    I thought about it and realized that no matter
    how pure the cause
    antibiotics
    aiding poverty
    defending the homeland

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  202. @talraviv
    talraviv.org
    I thought about it and realized that no matter
    how pure the cause
    antibiotics
    aiding poverty
    defending the homeland
    or insert your fav noun: “the war on _____”

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  203. @talraviv
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    Two things are true
    1) The problem was caused by other
    people’s smart-at-the-time solutions

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  204. @talraviv
    talraviv.org
    Two things are true
    1) The problem was caused by other
    people’s smart-at-the-time solutions
    2) The faster/harder we solve it, the more
    new problems we’ll create

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  205. @talraviv
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    the only real solutions
    are marathons
    not sprints

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  206. @talraviv
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    the only real solutions
    mean slowing down the hamster wheel

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  207. @talraviv
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    the only real solutions
    mean slowing down the hamster wheel
    a little bit

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  208. @talraviv
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    not entirely
    just a little bit

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  209. @talraviv
    talraviv.org
    that to me is the lesson of
    Martin Luther King
    Gandhi
    Thich Nhat Hanh

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  210. @talraviv
    talraviv.org
    that to me is the lesson of
    Martin Luther King
    Gandhi
    Thich Nhat Hanh
    and all the less famous people
    like teachers and clergy and kind strangers
    who do the same

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  211. @talraviv
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    and the only way to slow down the enormous
    wheels
    is to run a bit less on our own

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  212. @talraviv
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    and the only way to slow down the enormous
    wheels
    is to do things person to person

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  213. @talraviv
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    and the only way to slow down the enormous
    wheels
    is to do things frustratingly gradually

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  214. @talraviv
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    and the only way to slow down the enormous
    wheels
    is to have a strong back and soft front
    https://onbeing.org/programs/brene-brown-strong-back-soft-front-wild-heart-feb2018/ HT Buster

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  215. @talraviv
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    “I have seen ecologists who are very angry.

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  216. @talraviv
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    “I have seen ecologists who are very angry.
    There’s a lot of pollution in them. Anger.
    Impatience. Hate. What happens?

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  217. @talraviv
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    “I have seen ecologists who are very angry.
    There’s a lot of pollution in them. Anger.
    Impatience. Hate. What happens?
    “They cannot serve the cause of the
    environment with that kind of energies within
    them.

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  218. @talraviv
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    “I have seen ecologists who are very angry.
    There’s a lot of pollution in them. Anger.
    Impatience. Hate. What happens?
    “They cannot serve the cause of the
    environment with that kind of energies within
    them.
    “The activist should change himself first.”
    Thich Nhat Hanh
    youtube.com/watch?v=Xvtig8Fm6eU

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  219. @talraviv
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    dont ask me how to do this in practice

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  220. @talraviv
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    this is a hard concept

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  221. @talraviv
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    i can write about it
    but i dont know how to do it

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  222. @talraviv
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    like the next war
    or medical discovery
    or election
    or heated issue

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  223. @talraviv
    talraviv.org
    wtf do i do to slow the down wheel

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  224. @talraviv
    talraviv.org
    wtf do i do to slow the down wheel
    maybe its what I dont do

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  225. @talraviv
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    all i know

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  226. @talraviv
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    is its all hamster wheels

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