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Infinite Loops

Mar 23, 2023

Venkatesh Rao is a writer, consultant, and author. He has been writing about indie consulting for years and has recently published The Art of Gig, Volumes 1 & 2, which together take an in-depth look at the gig economy.

Venkatesh joins the show to discuss tragic luck, becoming slightly nonsensical, the advantages of mediocrity, and a whole lot more!

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Show Notes:

  • Origins of The Art of Gig
  • Paycheck People
  • Learning how to take risks
  • Is there a risk-taking gene?
  • The case for fixed-point futurism
  • Finding meaning
  • Personality types, narrative, and becoming a courageous thinker
  • Don’t get tragically lucky
  • Generational agency
  • Sparring, pressure and meaning-making
  • Be slightly nonsensical
  • Teaching others to appreciate randomness
  • Towards infinite games; be mediocre
  • Understanding divergentism
  • MUCH more!

Books Mentioned:

  • The Art of Gig: Volumes 1 & 2; by Venkatesh Rao
  • The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich; by Tim Feriss
  • Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself; by Daniel H. Pink
  • The Pathless Path: Imagining a New Story For Work and Life; by Paul Millerd
  • Tempo: timing, tactics and strategy in narrative-driven decision-making; by Venkatesh Rao
  • The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By; by Dan P. McAdams
  • Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life As Play and Possibility; by James Carse
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity; by David Allen