A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you
Debates about the extent to which specific individuals are 'self-made' over the effects of various forms of 'privilege' can be very heated.
It is not just about who gets to have what, but about how individuals validate and take credit for their successes. Proposing that success is the result of 'luck' can be highly insulting and downplay the existence of individual merit.
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To be successful, you need to act in an environment that favors your results rather than blocking them.
Motivation, talent, and effort do have matt...
For example, buying smaller plates can help you lose weight by deciding portion size for you. Similarly, using software to block social media sites can help overcome procrastination by putting your willpower on autopilot.
For example: you are more likely to go to the gym if it is literally on the way home from work than if the gym is only five minutes away, but in the opposite direction of your commute.
We do it because it's the most visible form of productivity.
It is a way to prove to others that you are doing stuff and checking things off the list.
Hard work is necessary in order to be productive, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
At some point, you start to be negatively productive.
It means scheduling your time according to your natural rhythms:
Millennials who claim to be ‘self-made’ get support from their parents and in some cases, enjoy the privilege too, but are reluctant to admit the same. They have to show the world that they are abl...