The Art of Gig | Venkatesh Rao | Episode 152

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!

Important Links:

- Venkatesh's Website
- Venkatesh's Blog
- Venkatesh's Substack
- Venkatesh's Twitter
- The Art of Gig:
- The Art of Gig: our synthesis
- The Gervais Principle

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 Ferriss
- 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

00:00 Intro
01:04 Main Podcast
02:39 Origins of The Art of Gig
07:27 Paycheck People
13:34 Learning how to take risks
20:08 Is there a risk-taking gene?
30:53 The case for fixed-point futurism
38:36 Finding meaning
48:52 Personality types, narrative, and becoming a courageous thinker
59:45 Don’t get tragically lucky
01:11:42 Generational agency
01:19:56 Sparring, pressure and meaning making
01:27:36 Be slightly nonsensical
01:41:08 Teaching others to appreciate randomness
01:45:52 Towards infinite games; be mediocre
01:54:51 Understanding divergentism.