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Sunday, August 05, 2012

On Working Hard

Ed Smith writes on "working hard" may not be always as beneficial as modern world thinks. Quotes Bertrand Russel and Nassim Taleb.

"The idea that being good at something demands harried, exhausted martyrdom is a relatively new idea. “Only in recent history,” as Nas­sim Nicholas Taleb puts it, “has ‘working hard’ signalled pride rather than shame for lack of talent, finesse and, mostly, sprezzatura.” If we really want to be good at something, we should stop wasting time exhausting ourselves."

1 comment:

Kate said...

intersting, I'm not sure if this makes me feel better or worse. I have recently graduated college and am "working hard" to get on my feet and "make my mark". On my drive home I was thinking how exhausted I am from working as well as trying to figure out what the heck I want to do with the rest of my life. The idea of just letting things fall where they may is appealing, but then I worry I will never get anywhere.