On Trickle-Down Workaholism in Startups

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Workaholism in startups is part of a VC mythology that's neither healthy nor sustainable. Some words of wisdom from the founder of Basecamp and creator of Ruby on Rails.

Something to think about when you’re grinding away at your 9-to-5 or your solo enterprise:

So don’t tell me that there’s something uniquely demanding about building yet another fucking startup that dwarfs the accomplishments of The Origin of Species or winning five championship rings. It’s bullshit. Extractive, counterproductive bullshit peddled by people who either need a narrative to explain their personal sacrifices and regrets or who are in a position to treat the lives and wellbeing of others like cannon fodder.

My motto has always been work to live, not live to work.

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