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Dave Chappelle on Getting Screwed Early in Your Career

“Young man, don’t ever come between a man and his meal”

Entering the world of comedy at the age of 15, Dave Chappelle faced major obstacles thrown at him by unscrupulous grifters, peers and executives.

Everyone can learn from this. We’ve all gone uncredited or uncompensated for the sacrifices we’ve made. Businesses exist to squeeze more out of their people than they pay. Perhaps in aggregate this is imperative to the function of the economy. At a macro level, productivity means getting more output than what was input. This ultimately requires ripping off staff – some companies are nicer and more covert about it than others, but they all do it.

As individuals, however, it’s up to us to recognize this and fight for what is ours.