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Russell Festivus Grievances

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My public grievances are with rather than organizations. Part of that is that I don’t know that I know where exactly the blame lies or who has the power to correct it. Talking about any particular organization might be a distraction. There might be a legitimate argument, but more importantly, as Upton Sinclair wrote, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. — Upton Sinclair

I am aggrieved by systems and incentives that encourage us to profit personally while harming others.

I am aggrieved by systems and incentives that encourage us to put our efforts into transferring wealth to ourselves rather than to creating more wealth.

I am aggrieved by systems and incentives that focus on solving problems rather than preventing them.

I am even more aggrieved by systems and incentives that encourage us to ignore, hide or profit from problems rather than solving them or preventing them.

I applaud the work of 80,000 hours.

I am aggrieved by systems and incentives that encourage us to devote our lives to trivia rather than making things better. I applaud the work of 80,000 hours in combatting this.

I am aggrieved by systems and incentives that reward amplifying divisiveness and mistruth. I mourn the unnecessary deaths and suffering that this has brought our country and our world.

I am aggrieved by systems and incentives that discourage solid useful ideas because they won’t lead to exit-focused .

Most of all I am aggrieved by my own compliancy and in this case, I know who to blame and who should do something about it.

Written by Russell Brand

Entrepreneur in residence at Founder Institute, he has mentored, performed due diligence on and invested in numerous early stage companies. Hundreds of these early stage companies have described Russell’s insights and advice as the most useful thing in the history of their companies. He has always had an inborn ability to find more valuable uses of new ideas and faster ways to achieve results.

 

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