Rush by Todd G. Buchholz
Why You Need and Love the Rat Race

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Relaxation makes us stupid

You think that downtime will make you happy. You may even dream about getting out of the rat race for good. But Todd Buchholz—a former White House director of economic policy, award-winning teacher at Harvard, hedge fund director, and co-producer of a Tony Award-winning Broadway hit show—wants you to know that you’re wrong. It’s the race that delivers the rush. So forget about retirement, zen retreats, and making everyone feel like a winner; human beings are hard-wired to compete. Interweaving entertaining stories and cutting-edge research from neuroeconomics to evolutionary biology to Renaissance art to General Motors, Buchholz draws the counterintuitive—yet wholly convincing—conclusion that competition has not only made us taller and smarter, it’s what we love and need.
 

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TODD G. BUCHHOLZ is a former White House director of economic policy, award-winning teacher at Harvard, and managing director of the $15 billion Tiger hedge fund. He is a contributing editor at Worth magazine, and has written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Reader's Digest. He is the author of New Ideas From Dead Economists, From Here to Economy, Market Shock, and Bringing the Jobs Home and is a frequent in-demand speaker and CNBC guest host.
 
Published May 5, 2011 by Plume. 316 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Not all readers will agree with the author that “[w]e prefer to earn more than our colleagues at work…because that is a signal that we have earned our keep,” or when he asks, “[w]hat’s the point of hailing a people as happiest if their purported happiness does not inspire them to reproduce?” Alth...

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Stress seems to be good for us, and retiring can make us feel stupid.

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One can argue that those who prosper in a nurturing society's environment have an obligation to give something back to that society.

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It might be argued that the coal miner or the garbage collector may not be so thrilled with work, but at the very least in a free society with a free market, they have the option of looking elsewhere for work that they might find more to their taste.

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Most people prefer to be in the middle of noisy places, competition, and where they’re always frantically rushing from point A to point B.

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When people are first introduced to creating their lives they get very excited.

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Buchholz Buchholz, a former White House director of economic policy who has also run a successful hedge fund, taught at Harvard and co-produced the award-winning Broadway hit "Jersey Boys", makes the point throughout the book that humans are hardwired not to relax on a beach with an umbrella dri...

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