DHH @dhh Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp, NYT best-selling author, and Le Mans 24h class-winning racing driver. Jul. 13, 2019 1 min read

Notice how common it is for VCs to see both workers as “bred”. Workhorses to “grab”, possess, exploit. It’s the definition of inhuman. This particular example is so over the top that it’s comical, but the sentiment is widespread.

Dehumanizing workers is not just about treating them poorly or paying them little. Lauding them as racehorses is not much of a compliment. Implicit in the praise is the reality that they’ll be discarded the second the break a leg sprinting for your prize.

The irony of that stupid thread is its lack of awareness that so many of the proposed 10x qualities are really just charges brought against the travesty that is the modern office. With its endless meetings, interruptions, and inability to do work during work hours.

Rather than search for people who are able to evade the indignities of the modern workplace, maybe try to reform why that workplace is such a unproductive sinkhole instead? Lifting up everyone to enjoy those 10x bursts that stem from gloriously uninterrupted days of progress.

The real 10x is in the environment, not the individual contributor. The world is full of capable, creative people who’d make that 10x jump if only they weren’t being trapped and demotivated by the stupidity of the modern workplace.


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