Sunday, June 16, 2019

Don't be Pressured to be an Entrepreneur

There is no need to be an entrepreneur if it is not your bag.

There are countless other roads to happiness, prosperity, freedom, respect, and self-expression.

Now, if you have an idea and a burning passion to pursue it, and confidence in it, then by all means launch a startup! I wish you all the best.

However if your only reasons for wanting to be an entrepreneur are because it is "cool" or socially esteemed or because you envy other people doing it, you may want to reconsider. Those are superficial reasons for making career choices. They are not reasons you prefer one person over another, are they? Hence, they are not reasons to like yourself better either.

I personally like people who are sincere, authentic, and positive. Those are the things to aspire to. If that means being an entrepreneur, more power to you!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Good Piece by Jeff Weiner after 2016 Election

It's over 2 years old, but I just saw this piece today from LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on the 2016 U.S. election.

I think it is impressive because it expresses views that are solid and sensible without explicitly being partisan. 

I think we may have a strong suspicion of which side he personally supported, as well as that of most LinkedIn employees, and indeed most people working in tech. But he was able to lament the extreme divisiveness of that election and also convey that LinkedIn will uphold values that are decent and civil, without blaming any one side.

Now, in one way, I am not sure if this is a good thing or not. If it is crystal clear that one side is objectively and overwhelmingly vile and sordid, while the other is just politics as usual, then maybe that side needs to be called out every time? Maybe any mention of them, however minor, without opposing them contributes to normalizing them? I tend to think this.

However there may be times when we have to navigate the waters more skillfully. If and when that need comes up, this piece by Jeff is a good reference.