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What’s Wrong With Work?

Earning a living shouldn’t be at odds with life. I have a niece who is not yet five. The last time I babysat, she was jolted awake by a bad dream. As I lay with her soothing her back to sleep, she confessed (with a tangible level of stress): “I don’t know what to be when I grow up!” The worry of what to do for work was literally keeping this child up at night. How did this happen? What is it in our environment that is already putting career pressure on children? I can’t help but see this is a symptom of a larger issue — a cultural obsession with defining ourselves by what we do, not who we are. I’ve always dreaded the question “what do you do?” To me, it feels unimaginative and betrays a work-centric worldview. The cycle of living to work can feel inescapable (already) so it worries me when work becomes our first way of relating to each other. The more that mainstream culture becomes a cult of consumption, the more tied we are to production, earnings, and deriving meaning from extern…

10 Habits That Will Make Your Startup More Successful

Success in most cases isn’t random. It isn’t something that just happens to you. It is something that happens because of you. The way you influence your work and life. The practises and beliefs you put in place. These are all factors that can determine whether you will be successful or not.
Simply put — if you develop the right habits, you will greatly increase your chances of success and below are 10 of them you can start developing right now. 1. Avoid The Toxic Jobs / Clients Should you take on every job you are offered? No. Always think about the bigger picture. Is the vision of the project something you will be proud of? Something that you will be happy to stand by? It is suitable for your portfolio, and your startup’s overall brand? If the answer to any of those questions is no, you should think long and hard about whether or not this is the job for your startup. The same goes with clients. You might notice it at the first point of contact. The first email sent. The first face to…

Online Privacy Isn’t Dead—If We Fight for It

You’ve probably heard the line a million times before. In any debate about privacy — whether it’s among friends or on Capitol Hill — both defenders of surveillance and privacy nihilists will inevitably trot out the same tired trope: “Privacy is dead. It’s never coming back, so this is a pointless debate to begin with.” This is just one of the many fallacious answers used by those who defend or excuse corporate and government prowling, alongside such gems as “How can you complain? You willingly gave away your privacy to Facebook,” and “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” These statements are clichés in the most nefarious sense, they’re boilerplate platitudes that reveal a fundamental misunderstanding of user preferences, and more dangerously, they give corporations and governments every excuse to continue down the same path of snooping. Below, I’ve broken down the four worst anti-privacy generalities and shown why they are worrisomely off-base. “People willingly gi…