The Hacker Mentality
Part of our culture and mindset
When you hear the word hacker what do you think of? My typical thought brings to mind something like this:
You know, the guy in the dimly lit room staring at his computer, typing away faster than you can comprehend accessing everything in your life like it was child’s play. That was my initial thought for sure, AND that is a valid way to think about a “hacker”.
However, hacker has a bit of a different mentality to me as well. A hacker is one who doesn’t wait for all the information to be available to make the best decision. One who can use the resources and bank of knowledge available currently to find the correct solutions to a problem they are running into.
Becoming a hacker doesn’t even mean you have to be good with computers, though it would seem a bit out of place if that wasn’t the case.
Hackers are the ones who can figure things out, they are essentially the quintessential problem solvers. The ones who are able to find a solution to any problem which they may be presented.
They find easier ways to do things quicker and allow data to dictate the path to a more efficient future.
We have a part of our weekly meeting where we often share “hacks and hustles” with each other, which is essentially a time to share your latest thing you’ve figured out to make life easier, like a new automation that takes care a of repetitive task you were doing, or a faster way to achieve a result.
Hacking is being appended to many different fields, the first one that comes to mind is “biohacking”, which essentially means hacking your biology to perform the way you desire. Just like you can get into a computer and write code to get it to do and tell you certain things, there are biology changes you can make to alter your biology for the better.
Lifehacker is another, just looking for the best hacks of life that make it easier and better, whether that’s a new product or service, or just a better way to think about things.
Those who are naturally looking for these all the time are the ones who fit in quite nicely with us, afterall, who wants to do more work than is actually required? Why not leverage machines and systems as much as possible?