Signalling Helps Explain Why Successful People Feel Overloaded

The point is not to abolish signalling—which is impossible—but rather to use signalling to our advantage. More importantly, if we understand signalling we will have a new patience and the fortitude to accept those social facts that we cannot change. Signalling, by its very nature, is hard to circumvent, outdo, or avoid. Signalling will irritate most of us, or penalize us, at least once every day of our life.

Signalling helps explain why successful people feel overloaded. So often the source of our frustration is signalling with “face time.” Here is a problem my Inner Economist does not know how to solve.

From Tyler Cowen's book: Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist.