I came across an interesting line while I was reading The Geography of Bliss – Search For The Happiest Places In The World. The section was talking about Icelander’s admiration for failure, and it ends with, “We Americans like to think that we, too, embrace failure, and it’s true, up to a point. We love a good failure story as long as it ends with success.”
This post is written for a friend who wants to upgrade web development from a sidetrack to a career.
Don’t try to find your passion. Instead master some skill, interest, or knowledge that others find valuable. It almost doesn’t matter what it is at the start. You don’t have to love it, you just have to be the best at it. Once you master it, you’ll be rewarded with new opportunities that will allow you to move away from tasks you dislike and toward those that you enjoy. If you continue to optimise your mastery, you’ll eventually arrive at your passion.
It’s easy to love something when you’re good at it.
Panic, that’s what happens.
99% of learning happens when one adjusts their actions according to feedback. When this airway is blocked, situation can hardly ever improve. And the biggest reason for evading and resisting investigating and learning from errors, is a tendency to take it personally.
As opposed to “take it systematically”.
A couple of days ago, the creator of the most popular torrent sharing site, KickassTorrent, was arrested in Poland, and as of now US is seeking his extradition. After isoHunt’s shut down in Canada, 2013, ThePirateBay’s end in Sweden, 2014… now this. Again.
I’m trying to teach myself figure drawing. Following Proko’s tutorial, this part in particular struck me as the essence of learning:
Gotta have a new year resolution.
There’s only one way to know for sure that one completely enjoys what they’re doing.
Because skills are the vocabulary for expressing oneself.