Tom Scocca:

And now, a word from the philosopher and career expert Ol’ Dirty Bastard:

Who the FUCK wanna be an M.C. / If you can’t get PAAAID / To be a fuckin’ M.C.?

Or, if you prefer, Samuel Johnson:

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.

In practice, Johnson spent a lot of time bogged down in badly funded startups, and he was frequently broke. If it were easy to get paid, he wouldn’t have bothered saying anything. That’s why that particular piece of advice has survived 200-some years.


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