/ by Jared Jones

Never go for medium profession. Literary writers should have a menial job or (if possible) a sinecure, and write on the side. Otherwise writing for a living under other people’s standards debases their literature. The same for artists. The best philosophers were not academics, but had another job, so their philosophy was not corrupted by careerism.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Antifragile, on keeping your day job. In the book he advocates a “barbell strategy,” or “a dual attitude of playing it safe in some areas and taking a lot of small risks in others” (via austinkleon)
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