Hamster Wheels

Hamster Wheels

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Tal Raviv

April 21, 2019
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  1. 23.

    @talraviv talraviv.org running on the hamster wheel means Innovation Solving

    problems Providing Doing commerce being a hamster means
  2. 24.

    @talraviv talraviv.org running on the hamster wheel means Innovation Solving

    problems Providing Doing commerce Figuring out how the world works being a hamster means
  3. 25.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  4. 26.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  5. 27.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  6. 28.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  7. 29.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  8. 34.

    @talraviv talraviv.org running on the hamster wheel means Achievement Self-expression

    Pushing yourself being a hamster means Community Faith
  9. 42.

    @talraviv talraviv.org when youre on the hamster wheel visible markers

    vs when youre just being a hamster invisible joy
  10. 43.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  11. 44.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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 ?
  12. 45.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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 ? ?
  13. 46.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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 ? ? ?
  14. 51.

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

    gamified this? nerds, please don’t build this startup you’ll ruin everything
  15. 52.

    @talraviv talraviv.org when youre on the hamster wheel society awards

    prestige vs when youre just being a hamster no award ceremonies needed
  16. 53.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  17. 54.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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)
  18. 55.

    @talraviv talraviv.org when youre on the hamster wheel we compare

    ourselves vs when youre just being a hamster nothing to compare on
  19. 56.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  20. 58.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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”
  21. 62.

    @talraviv talraviv.org the hamster wheel gets priority …but rather endless

    vs just being a hamster first thing sacrificed …but the point of it
  22. 67.
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    @talraviv talraviv.org “Hypotheses to explain such high levels of running

    in wheels include a need for activity, substitute for exploration…”
  24. 70.
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    @talraviv talraviv.org Chip on shoulder Status/Ambition Self distraction Intense personality

    people run hard for all sorts of reasons Mission Love of the game Mastery Curiosity
  27. 79.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  28. 81.

    @talraviv talraviv.org on the hamster wheel wins are short-lived vs

    when youre just being a good hamster long-term fulfillment
  29. 83.

    @talraviv talraviv.org (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
  30. 88.

    @talraviv talraviv.org aaaaand in our modern world, we manipulate each

    other to run harder: ✅ make behaviors countable
  31. 89.

    @talraviv talraviv.org aaaaand in our modern world, we manipulate each

    other to run harder: ✅ make behaviors countable ✅ make success visible
  32. 90.

    @talraviv talraviv.org aaaaand in our modern world, we manipulate each

    other to run harder: ✅ make behaviors countable ✅ make success visible ✅ assign prestige to irrational choices
  33. 97.

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

    taking them too seriously & comparing myself to others
  34. 101.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  35. 117.
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    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  37. 127.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  38. 129.

    @talraviv talraviv.org The other day I watched him give a

    lecture And remembered the cool stuff he pioneered Like self-driving vehicles, 30 years ago
  39. 130.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  40. 131.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  41. 135.

    @talraviv talraviv.org If I meet someone who injects their successes

    out of context into conversation The house(s) they bought Their career Their business success
  42. 136.

    @talraviv talraviv.org Or if I meet a new person socially

    who steers the conversation to be about our jobs
  43. 137.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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?”
  44. 139.

    @talraviv talraviv.org It’s not impossible we’ll get along But I

    keep my distance Even though (perhaps because) I love my work
  45. 142.

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

    the most and friends I’ve kept in touch with the most
  46. 143.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  47. 146.

    @talraviv talraviv.org I minimize my social media aside from being

    addictive and soulless they’re full of weirdly visible counts of success ✅
  48. 147.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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) ✅
  49. 148.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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 ✅
  50. 149.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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) ✅
  51. 151.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  52. 152.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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.
  53. 154.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  54. 155.

    @talraviv talraviv.org Geographically, SF, DC, NY, LA… are all cities

    where you can easily believe the hamster wheel is all there is in life
  55. 156.

    @talraviv talraviv.org Geographically, SF, DC, NY, LA… are all cities

    where you can easily believe the hamster wheel is all there is in life
  56. 160.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  57. 161.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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.
  58. 162.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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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    @talraviv talraviv.org “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.
  61. 165.

    @talraviv talraviv.org “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.
  62. 166.

    @talraviv talraviv.org “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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    @talraviv talraviv.org I thought about it and realized that no

    matter how pure the cause antibiotics aiding poverty
  65. 201.

    @talraviv talraviv.org I thought about it and realized that no

    matter how pure the cause antibiotics aiding poverty defending the homeland
  66. 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 _____”
  67. 203.

    @talraviv talraviv.org Two things are true 1) The problem was

    caused by other people’s smart-at-the-time solutions
  68. 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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    @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
  71. 211.

    @talraviv talraviv.org and the only way to slow down the

    enormous wheels is to run a bit less on our own
  72. 212.

    @talraviv talraviv.org and the only way to slow down the

    enormous wheels is to do things person to person
  73. 213.

    @talraviv talraviv.org and the only way to slow down the

    enormous wheels is to do things frustratingly gradually
  74. 214.

    @talraviv talraviv.org 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
  75. 216.

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

    There’s a lot of pollution in them. Anger. Impatience. Hate. What happens?
  76. 217.

    @talraviv talraviv.org “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.
  77. 218.

    @talraviv talraviv.org “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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