Confusion about when to go hard

as reply to Thinking about insanity and freedom

I really liked the ideas spitballed by 
Nedzen
. It got me thinking about our fixation with tying
money
and
time
.

Energy and motivation doesn't strike people across the population at the same time. We have our own rhythms and flows. We can't expect everybody to be on their A-Game 24/7 because life itself is not a game; rather the game component of it is just one aspect. A very important aspect that we want to provide a platforms for -- similar to how the NBA provided players like
Kobe Bryant
schedules so they knew exactly when the A-Game was needed down to the location and time. The average worker doesn't get this clear cut of expectations, so they're left not knowing when it's time to go hard and when it's time to coast.

People like Kobe were obviously compensated for their A-Game. Even if they only played at most 48 minutes of play-time per game, the system compensated him throughout the seasons and years. I think this is something we're designing poorly for ourselves, the average worker. For the most part we fixate on quantifying a person's input+output value so much that we seek to define their hourly or yearly rate to a stable, fixed number. So it's no wonder the average employee feels anxious to live up to that amount even when they're doing something like 'answering emails'. 






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