WhatIThinkSoFar
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About this chapter

In this chapter, I describe some ideas I’ve had. These ideas are for small projects that I could try to work on in the future. I won’t attempt to do all of them, but I might attempt to do some of them.

I got the phrase “Future Work” from research papers in scientific journals. Authors of scientific papers will sometimes include a section where they describe further research that they think would have interesting results.

Why are my ideas for my own future included in this book? And why should you care about these ideas? It gives you more insight into my imagination. The question “What would I like to work on or achieve in the future?” is a great question. It gives you a better understanding of how I am thinking and feeling at this moment. My dreams are just as much a part of my thoughts as the knowledge and opinions I shared elsewhere in this book.

I also hope that writing out these ideas will be enjoyable to read. It might inspire a few readers to help me with these ideas or try the ideas themselves.

Publishing this book

After I’m done writing a good draft of this book, I will publish it. I’ll look into different ways to go about publishing it. There are a lot of different possible options. I’ll start by sharing the book with friends and family in order to get early feedback.

This book started out as a crazy idea. By writing this book, I learned that I should not be afraid to take on crazy projects that I think are cool.

If possible, I would like to publish the book in such a way that makes it easy for readers to share their favorite sections with people they know. I can imagine an official website for this book that lets readers copy a URL that links to a particular chapter or section.

Continue to improve this book

I am very proud of this book as it is now. But that doesn’t mean I think it’s perfect. If I get enough reader feedback, I might write a new draft (version) of this book. I could make improvements to both the content and the writing style.

I may find ideas for new sections to add to this book. So it’s possible that the best section of this book hasn’t even been written yet.

A blog

I could imagine myself writing a blog. It would be fun to write some blog articles. I already have some ideas for things that would be fun to write about that would make more sense in a blog than in this book.

One advantage of writing a blog is that people can easily share the articles they care about.

I still have many things I want to read, learn, and study

I love to read non-fiction and there are many books I still want to read. There are also some topics I’d be interested in taking classes on or learning more about.

If I learn something really great, I could write a blog article to promote it.

A blog about the user experience of the software I use

I use software a lot. I care a lot about the user experience of the software I use (websites, apps, programs, operating systems). I sometimes encounter aspects of the software that could be better designed. I could publish a blog (or Twitter feed) of design problems I encounter.

My commentary might help software designers learn to be better at software design. It also could help other people become more comfortable using software.

Articles for computer users

I could write articles about using computers. This way I could help people learn about how to better use their computers and smartphones. Many people could benefit by learning more about how to use their devices.

There already exist many books, articles, and videos that explain things about using the computer. However, I think it would be enjoyable and helpful to create my own.

Articles for computer programmers

I’d be interested in writing, or helping to write, some educational articles for computer programmers. Programming is a huge field, so there is a lot I could write about that would be helpful to people who are trying to learn more about programming. I could write topics for beginners on novice subjects that I am very familiar with. Or I could write about more advanced topics, which might encourage me to learn more myself.

Last year I wrote a guide explaining how to use Git™. Git is a computer program that software developers use to help manage the code they write. It is extremely popular in the software industry, but it is also very confusing for beginners.

I shared my guide with some of my friends and they were grateful for my writing. It helped them to quickly learn more about Git and made them more productive at work. You can read my guide to Git here: www.github.com/kevinverre/kevins-guide-to-git

A series of interviews with experts

Another idea for an exciting educational project is to publish a series of interviews with experts. I could imagine publishing the interviews as blog posts, podcast episodes, or a book.

While writing this book, I realized that there is a lot I don’t know and I still have many questions. Talking to experts would be a great way for me, as well as my readers, to learn more.

Editing a book or a collection of articles from other authors

Since I enjoy writing non-fiction, maybe I would also enjoy helping other people write and publish nonfiction. It would be fun to collaborate with other people.

One idea is to put together and publish a collection of nonfiction articles from multiple authors. I could contribute either by writing an article or helping to edit articles.

Host my own meetup group or event

I’ve been using Meetup.com to find interesting local events and groups. For example, twice a week I attend a meetup for writers that write together at a coffeeshop. I think it would be fulfilling to try to start my own meetup group of some kind that meets regularly. Or even a one time event.

Starting my own non-profit project or group

It could be really meaningful to start my own non-profit organization. This could be a great way to help out the community. I would probably learn a lot from the experience.

I could also look into working with existing non-profits, either as an employee or a volunteer. However, I strongly encourage everyone to try starting their own organization. There is no harm in trying something on your own. It doesn’t even have to be unique or original for it to be beneficial! So don’t be afraid to try something even if someone else is already doing it.

An Educational Website, “KevSchool”

I think it would be really exciting to work on an educational website. There are already many great websites that exist that you can learn from. But I think they will continue to be improved upon in the future. The technology could continue to get better so that it is easier to learn important concepts.

The basic idea for any educational website is straightforward: give people a way to learn new things by spending time on your website. But beyond that, there are so many different possibilities. Some websites only allow their employees and partners to publish content on the site. Other websites allow anyone to publish content on their site. It could be a non-profit organization (like Wikipedia) or a for-profit organization (like Quora).

I sometimes imagine building “KevSchool”. It would start out as a blog with articles that help people learn about other educational resources they can find online. But later it would also start publishing its own educational content. The emphasis would be on practical information that helps improve the lives of readers. KhanAcademy.org, a website that offers some great educational materials for free, would be an influence.

The Wiki of Practical Knowledge

This is a specific idea for an educational website. A Wiki is an informational website with content that can be edited or added to by users. Wikipedia.org is the most famous wiki and it is designed to be like an encyclopedia. It has a lot of good articles, but it is also missing a lot of great information. Only certain types of articles are permitted on Wikipedia, so many good ideas for articles are not allowed.

I think it would be interesting to try to start a new public wiki that encourages a wider variety of information content. For example, you could write tips and guides to anything. It could be a guide to your favorite class at your college or your favorite book. Or it could be a collection of tips for working out. The wiki would allow any practical knowledge.

Maybe adding a new page would require that an editor approves your article before it is published to the website. This could help ensure quality and protect the brand.

I think there are a lot of smart people out there who want to share their knowledge with others, but don’t know how to publish it. This could be an additional option for them to publish their knowledge.

Help people with depression and try to prevent suicides

I’m passionate about helping people with depression feel better and preventing suicide. I want to help people be happier about their lives. I sometimes wonder what I could do to help.

One idea I had is to start a blog or a website with the purpose of being an additional resource people could find online. It might start off very simple but I would add more content over time. I could get help from experts.

Depression and suicide are very sensitive and difficult subjects, so I would treat it with dignity, respect, and seriousness.

Help people become more attractive

One of my goals, is to try to help people live healthy, happy, and peaceful lives. In my dating chapter, I mentioned that there are lots of people frustrated about dating. Some of these people feel hopeless, like no one would ever want to date them.

But we could create resources to try to help those people. For example, imagine you are a guy who has never had a date and feels like you will never find love. Perhaps you could be helped so that you are more attractive. We could create resources for you that help you work on your personality and appearance and lifestyle.

A volunteering organization to help people in different ways

Many organizations are started with a specific purpose in mind. I am curious about volunteer organizations that exist to help others but WITHOUT a specific purpose. Instead, their goals, projects, and events would change based on the needs of the community.

Imagine an organization with a small network of local volunteers. The organization would be willing to listen to any requests for projects. The requests could be for anything and could come from anyone. After considering their options, the organization decides which requests it will try to assist. That way the community gets to impact what the organization does by submitting requests.

The organization will only take action on requests where they feel they have the expertise and skills and resources to be helpful. Some requests for help might be declined with a polite response about how the organization is not able to fulfill all requests. Some people might be disappointed when their request is not accepted as a project. But the organization would be doing a lot of good for the people whose requests are accepted.

Host hackathons

A hackathon is an event that attendees go to so they can work on something that they want to work on. A “hack” is anything that is cleverly built. Hackathons are popular in the software industry.

It would be fun to host events like these because it would encourage people to try working on new things and create cool projects. People use hackathons to write software but also to create art, music, and writing.

Work as a software engineer

Previously I have worked at a few different companies as a software developer. My favorite software projects to work on are the ones where I feel like the software is extremely helpful to the people who use it. Computer programming can be challenging but it can also be a lot of fun.

Work doing something else

Besides working as a software engineer, I could work doing something else. I’m not exactly sure what, but I’m sure I am capable of doing many different things.

Start my own company

I had the incredible opportunity to work as a software engineer at a small Silicon Valley startup. I learned a lot. It made me think that it would be really satisfying to work at a company that I founded (either by myself or as part of a founding team). I would learn a lot from the experience. And I would be very proud of my work.

Music project

In the past I’ve written and recorded some music using keyboards, synthesizers, and computer software. I’d like to record a new album of songs that consists of me playing songs I’ve written on a piano.

A sequel book?

I love writing. It’s possible that I will write a sequel to this book some day. It would contain all the best stuff I’ve learned since then. Also, the process of writing a book would encourage me to do more research and learn more.

Fear and uncertainty

The future is scary because I’m not sure what to expect. I don’t have a path ahead of me that will very clearly lead me to happiness. I’m still dealing with a lot of uncertainty. I don’t always know what I want. Some days I lack confidence in my own abilities.

But I will do the best I can to have a nice present and a nice future. I’m excited about the future even though I don’t know what it will bring. I believe I can handle whatever challenges come my way.

Conclusion

It feels good to have expressed my thoughts. I hope it was helpful to you to read them.

Bibliography

Other books mentioned and referenced in this book:

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams and Joseph Bizup

Emotional First Aid by Dr. Guy Winch

Loving What Is by Byron Katie

Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

Mate: Become the Man Women Want by Tucker Max and Dr. Geoffrey Miller

Models: How to Attract Women Through Honesty by Mark Manson

Acknowledgements

Thanks for reading! It’s very nice of you to choose to spend your time reading my work.

I want to thank my parents for helping me edit and proofread the rough draft of this book. Their editing helped make the book even better.

Thank you to anyone who gives me feedback on the book (questions, criticism, praise, anything). It is very much needed to help the book grow and improve.

A huge thank you to anyone who recommends this book to others. This is a really great way for fans to help support the book.

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Kevin Verre, software engineer and writer

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