Thank you for this. I don’t read Gary Vaynerchuk, but I agree with your critique: encouraging this kind of lifestyle is reckless.

However, the lifestyle recommendation is so married into our culture, that I am living some of it now — without having read Gary Vaynerchuk’s blog — and it is destroying relationships, threatening career stability, and harming my health.

There is an underlying harm to the message that anyone can bootstrap himself or herself up to fame and fortune, that we live in a fair culture with plenty of opportunity, and that it is healthy to pursue it most of your waking hours.

It places happiness in the clutches of often illusory notions of success, and it keeps us from doing the things which make us happy in a healthy and moderated way.

Resident of Frogpondia.

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