Nassim Taleb on Salary
In the bed of Procrustes, Taleb wrote
“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates and a monthly salary.”
So I wanted to dig deeper, and I looked it further up, and Taleb posted a tweet and some replies which I have abbreviated below:
“ATTENTION SALARY PEOPLE
Next Friday when your guaranteed monthly paycheck is deposited, take a moment of gratitude for the entrepreneurs who took the risks so you get this risk-free income.
Shaming an risk-taker for losing money is like shaming a soldier for losing a limb. It’s NOT saying entrepreneurs are "braver than troops", only that in ALL fields risk takers need to be treated w/ respect by non risk takers who leech on them. Clearly there are degrees of risk taking.” — Taleb, 2019 Twitter
Well said. And also in line with what I thought. Risk is borne more by the entrepreneur rather than the employee.