On prestige

“Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That’s the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on. It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious.”

Graham, P. (2006). How to do what you love.

1 comment
  1. Thanks, Seb! Really enjoyed reading this.
    I thought, you might want to check out this video: there are some quite similar thoughts on sobriety and courtesy and how we should deal with prestige (the opinion of the rest of the world): https://youtu.be/4GX6a2WEA1Q

    All the best wishes for 2016! Looking forward to seeing you soon in Hamburg!