‘“Until you work as hard as those you admire, don’t explain away their success as luck.” - James Clear, Atomic Habits”’, quoted in blog.stephsmith.io/how-to-be-g

To which I say: when you examine the graveyard of people who’ve worked much harder than you but didn’t get anywhere as far, thank your lucky stars.

You don’t even have to talk about privilege, tailwinds etc., just in a set of people who were very similar in background, training, drive, some will die with much less to show for it than others.

Please take the graveyard seriously. There’s a gaping chasm between what people deserve and what they get. Some people luck out, others get crushed out.

We can make it better, and we should. Being aware of that chasm helps motivate the activism in us, but also the compassion, the generosity, the willingness to blame bad luck and give second chances.


@22 I think you're right about inequality, but also talking to the wrong audience. For a lot of people, success is defined not just by thriving, but by doing *better* than others. We have some hope of making this planet provide for everyone, but primate competition for socio-economic status will always be a zero-sum game with many losers.

@22 I think our current system's evil genius is that it links our primal need for status games to economic output. It doesn't have to be this way - Sports are a good example of a status game not (directly) connected to wealth.
But for people like the author, saying 'everybody should succeed' is like saying 'both teams should win in a game of football'.

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