And while these dialogues do promote a set of behaviors about work that, yes, can lead to the possibility of entrepreneurial success, the attitude and mentality behind these behaviors more often lead to disappointment, health problems, and burnout.
But more recently, social media dialogues about entrepreneurship and the freelance gig economy promote a culture of workaholism that glorifies busyness, personal sacrifice, and overwork as desirable lifestyle choices. These recent trends don’t promote hard work as a necessity for productivity toward specific professional objectives, but instead celebrate hard work and busyness for their own sake.
… and from getting more clicks on… and from getting more clicks on ads. That’s just how the Valley and the tech industry are set up. As Jeffrey Hammerbacher, a former Facebook executive, told Bloomberg, “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.”
…g for, if not myself, and if what I was doing was honestly helping those people. The answer was no. Arguing about race on Facebook wasn’t doing anything to stop black men from being unjustly gunned down by police. Arguing about the economic consequences of single-payer health care wasn’t doing anything to save a sick, uninsured person’s life. And arguing about the Biblical ethics of homosexuality wasn’t doing anything to help LGBTQ youth struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.
I’m not advocating for silence, by any means. There are still plenty of instances when I think it’s appropriate to stand up, to use my assortment of privileges to help stop the mistreatment of disenfranchised groups, and to speak truth to power, but that’s not what I was doing. I was just arguing, and it was never for the good of others.