When you’re figuring out what to do with your life, you may have come across a certain Venn diagram.
This diagram is terrible. Let me explain why.
It’s three circles-things you’re good at, things you’re passionate about, and things people think are valuable. According to whoever created the diagram, you should work on things that end up at the intersection of the three circles. And they’re right, kinda.
If you work on something you’re good at and valuable, but not passionate about, you will burn out quickly.
If you do something valuable that you’re passionate about but don’t have the skills for, it will take a really long time for you to execute (if you even manage to do so successfully). …
TL;DR — Read the book, summarize each section, and rewrite the book based on your summaries.
This is basically a modified Feynman Technique. It’s quite simple, and only requires three steps, which I’ll go into more detail below:
The beauty of this technique is that you’ll never forget what you read. For example, I distilled David Keith’s book The Case for Climate Engineering (which is actually about solar radiation management, not climate engineering as a whole) into a brief blog-post-like document that I can reference whenever I need. …
It’s the year 1496.
You, a random observer, perhaps a time traveler, happen to stumble upon the great Leonardo da Vinci painting one of the most recognizable paintings in the world— The Last Supper.
Leonardo stares at the painting for an hour. Scrutinizing every detail, going through every single possibility within his mind. He spends an agonizing amount of time doing nothing but staring at his painting.
Then, he makes one single brushstroke and leaves.
He’s done for the day.
You say to yourself, “wow, this guy is the least productive person I’ve ever seen”, as you climb back into your DeLorean. …
TL;DR = If you don’t know what to do with your life, start a bunch of cheap projects. The ones that aren’t worth doing would die off naturally, then you can focus your energy and effort on the projects that matter.
“I want to start something, but I don’t know what to start” is a common problem that can be solved by applying a principle from ecology known as r and K selection theory.
When I don’t know what I should work on next, I apply the term “breed like rabbits” to my philosophy. How do rabbits breed? …
When I received the email confirming that I was invited to a Product Hunt Makers + YC Office Hours session, I was super grateful, then super stressed out. It’s freaking Y Combinator.
Later that day, I sat in front of a computer in my dorm and joined a video conversation with about 20 other Makers from Product Hunt and Michael Seibel, a partner (and CEO) at Y Combinator.
I took about three pages of notes, and I’ll share some of that advice here.
Thanks to Product Hunt Makers and Michael for organizing this!
If you’re applying to Y Combinator for the second or third time with the same idea, there’s a chance that you would be more likely to get accepted as opposed to your first try, if you stick with your idea and show that you’ve been working on it. …