Want to start a startup? Technology tends to separate normal from natural. I’d only seen if i were a tree essay zoos before. What’s so unnatural about working for a big company?
These smaller groups are always arranged in a tree structure. 10 people working together in the usual way. Anyone who’s worked for a large organization has felt this. 10,000, even if your group has only 10 people. The number of people you interact with is about right. It’s not your boss’s fault. Your boss is just the way that constraint is imparted to you.
How bad could it be? America today, nearly all the food around you would be bad for you. Normal” food is terribly bad for you. If “normal” food is so bad for us, why is it so common?
One is that it has more immediate appeal. The other is economies of scale. It’s the same with work. In an artificial world, only extremists live naturally. This seems an inevitable consequence of bigness. Google instead because he thought he’d learn more there.
He didn’t learn as much as he expected. An obstacle downstream propagates upstream. 100 people will feel different from one with 1000. Working for a small company doesn’t ensure freedom. That has real consequences for both organizations and individuals.
That might be worth exploring. For individuals the upshot is the same: aim small. I felt most would fail. Y Combinator often have the downtrodden air of refugees. It’s not only the leaves who suffer. Do not finance your startup with credit cards.
Credit card debt is a bad idea, period. To do something well you have to like it. We’ve got it down to four words: “Do what you love. The very idea is foreign to what most of us learn as kids. And it did not seem to be an accident.
The world then was divided into two groups, grownups and kids. Grownups, like some kind of cursed race, had to work. I’m not saying we should let little kids do whatever they want. They may have to be made to work on certain things.
I wanted when I grew up, so long as I enjoyed it. By high school, the prospect of an actual job was on the horizon. But I don’t think the bank manager really did. Why is it conventional to pretend to like what you do? That’s where the upper-middle class tradition comes from. What a recipe for alienation.
I am not suited to this world. The most dangerous liars can be the kids’ own parents. Surely one had to force oneself to work on them. Then you want to do something else—even something mindless.
I put the lower bound there for practical reasons. This doesn’t mean you have to make something. What there has to be is a test. You shouldn’t worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world.