It’s easy to make money

That is, when you’re white, male, and have the benefit of growing up in an economy which is significantly stronger than that of most of the world.

Money begets money, after all.

I don’t doubt that you’ve put a lot of effort into getting to where you are today. You worked hard, taught yourself a skill, and you’re being rewarded for it. You’re just reaping the benefits of geo-arbitrage and a booming demand for people who have figured out how to code. Obviously.

But that doesn’t mean that you, or I, are in a position to be all self-congratulatory about it. There’s a hell of a lot of good fortune that plays a part in us being in the right place, at the right time, with the right tools and circumstances to take advantage of that.

The amount you’re earning from your startup or ‘that little business you started on the side’ to give you passive income, is just a means to an end. Your bank balance isn’t, in itself, something we should all stand up and applaud. Nor is your ARR or burn rate.

Just because you figured out how to automate a niche and managed to consolidate the earnings of 50 people, doesn’t mean that your ingenuity is inherently something we should be writing adulatory blogs about. Who are we to say that what we do is more valuable than someone saving lives, or building something that’s going to lead to real progress?

Money isn’t necessarily the best way to measure the value we’re creating for others. Sometimes it would be good for people working in tech to remind ourselves of that more often.

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