Six From Encyclopedia Neurotica

By | 2012-05-25T23:14:21+00:00 January 6th, 2007|Quotes, skmurphy|3 Comments

Jon Winokur has published a number of good books, including “The Portable Curmudgeon” and “Advice to Writers,” and was interviewed September 2006 by Guy Kawasaki, which prompted me to add his most recent, “Encyclopedia Neurotica” to my Amazon cart (where books can linger for months or years). I was frankly a little disappointed, but found a half dozen nuggets–one for each of my readers–that founding teams might find thought provoking.

affluenza
Virus of affluence that psychotherapist Jessie H. O’Neill defines as “the collective addictions, character flaws, psychological wounds, neuroses, and behavioral disorders caused or exacerbated by the presence of, or desire for, wealth.” Affluenza victims, regardless of their socioeconomic level, falsely believe that money can solve all their problems.

“Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today’s jobs with yesterday’s tools.”
Marshall McLuhan

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
E. B. White

“In the real dark night of the soul, it is always 3 o’clock in the morning.”
The Crack Up, F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Mid-life crisis is what happens when you get to the top of the ladder and discover that it’s against the wrong wall.”
Joseph Campbell

“The struggle to reach the top is itself enough to fulfill the heart of man. One must believe that Sisyphus is happy.”
The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus

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  1. […] Perhaps we should introduce the first group to the second. But this affluenza isn’t limited to startup founders. The biggest problem with startups..is the variance. Startups tend to be fairly binary, with you making either a very large amount off of them or nothing at all. […]

  2. […] It’s a funny thing about money and happiness. I have written about entrepreneurial motivation and affluenza as well as the fact that we don’t encourage individuals to found a startup. I found the following very relevant to discussions of money and happiness. […]

  3. […] Originally quoted in “Six From Encyclopedia Neurotica” […]

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