I hate Gary Vee. I hate hustle culture. I hate the vision of the entrepreneur as a world-straddling colossus. In fact, I hate startup culture in general, the irony being that I helped invent it by cheerleading its proponents.

So instead of seething, I decided to do something about it. I started a podcast called Keep Going. It’s available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts and I’d love for you to give it a listen.

The podcast posits that hustle culture has poisoned our view of success and failure and that every failure needs to be hidden at worst and ignored at best. The result? Physical crises among founders. Burn-out. Sunk cost fallacies. And, most important, suicides. 

This podcast talks to smart people about the times they weren’t so smart. You can hear entrepreneur Josh Karp talk about the time he hired a CEO who scammed him out of $1 million. You can listen to Joel Johnson talk about how he thought success in one realm meant success in another. And you can hear about Chris Dancy’s days of drug abuse and depression and how they set him up for a bright future.

I publish new episodes every Friday and I’d love to have you on the show. Simply email john@biggs.cc and we can schedule a time to talk.

We need to be humble and vulnerable and we need to warn those who come behind us of the pitfalls we’ve found. It’s not fair to hoard our successes like a dragon hoarding gold and burn all those who claim we failed. Instead, we should revel in our failure and learn from it. And I’d like to think Keep Going is a good start.

By John Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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