The Power of Bitterness

Know who’s sick of puff pieces about motivation and being happy at work? Joe Ippolito, Yahoo strategist, who writes in Fast Company.

“These sorts of rah-rah guides to self-actualization seem to be a bit of a trend in entrepreneurship articles of late. I’m not sure when it started exactly, but it’s become so saccharine that the glycemic index might need to be recalibrated. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the ability to dream big and a sunny disposition are bad qualities (far from it). But not everyone’s wired that way–at least not constantly–and that doesn’t make the rest of us less worthy or capable of success.”

Know what? You’re right, Ippolito!

We’re sick of reading about stupid rituals to reach out potential!

And employee motivation checklists!

And finding work that we love!

And creating family-like business culture!

And being happy anywhere!

Now, if only a certain magazine would stop publishing things like that…

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