Instead of trying to find a life passion, seek to master some valuable and useful skills. Leverage those skills to find work where you have more autonomy, control, and impact. This can help with personal fulfillment.
If you are lucky enough to develop a sense of larger purpose that your work contributes to, then great! But seeking this directly might be a mistake. Meaning seems to emerges from other efforts -- pursuit of excellence, indulging in curiosity, solving real problems, connecting with others, and so on.
I think this is a relatively practical and effective mindset, especially for many HNers.
Like, I get his point that experience beats expertise, and some experts don't really know any more than the general public. But he drives the point so hard that his later work is unreadable. He'll devote more time to bullying some breed of academic than he will to making his actual point.
This stuff doesn't work for things that can be classified as weak signal. Stuff like your resume, or name of your company. I follow author of Destroy All Software screencasts on Twitter and remember him mentioning that some companies refuse to buy his screencasts because of the seemngly silly name of his company (Destroy All Software). They think such collabaration is going to reflect on them badly. The signal is weak, it's just a few words on a screen, so it's easy to say no.
Clothing has relatively weak effect compared to your style of communication. You can't dress your way up to being a CEO of a multimillion dollar company, but you can talk your way up there. I don't mean lying, manipulating, and playing office politics. I mean being as intense as Gary Vaynerchuk. Just watch his videos, you can see effective he is at dealing with people. In my real life I have never seen anyone who comes even close. Everybody around me is ridden with flaws: some have severe speech impediments, some are too passive, some lack ambition, some (everybody actually) are too anxious, some are just clueless.
I think it's smart to aspire to be more like Gary Vaynerchuk. I don't want to be like Paul Graham, or Mark Zuckerberg, or Elon Musk, or Linus Torvalds. They are interesting people, but they are not free. They are stifled, rigid, and not cool. They manage to be successful leaders despite their crappy social skills. I mean, have you seen Elon's interview on Joe Rogan? Cringy! I mean, I love Elon Musk, but he should emulate Tony Robbins or somebody, it would be one of the most effective things for Tesla. I know very little about Tesla, but I'm sure there is a lot of failure going in communication when Elon is involved.
I'm also thinking of Naomi Wu drawing a tremendous amount of flak for skimpy outfits on Youtube, despite her pointing out that it was extremely hot in that part of China and not much skimpier than regular streetwear.
I envy women because I feel like they have way more options for dress and style than we men do. My choices are: t-shirt and jeans, button-up and khakis, some variant of those two, or one of the many contemporary men's styles that seem closer to caricatures than real life
I was thinking of this excellent thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/sehurlburt/status/965453047965958...
Are yoga pants really more serious than khakis and a polo?
(I would code yoga pants as casual because they're sportswear, unless worn under something else as opaque tights which are professional. Woman wearing shirt+chinos will incur a minor penalty for gender non conforming dress unless it's a uniform in which case you're working at Best Buy)
>Woman wearing shirt+chinos will incur a minor penalty for gender non conforming dress
We just live in different worlds I guess. I've seen women dress like that all the time, and no one is looking askance at them, not even minorly.
I don't see why Elon should change, except for appeasing and idealized perception what a successful CEO should behave like. Intensity is just one way of being successful or making people believe you are worth investing in. Gary's brand is the intense hustler that plays well with his target group of youthful entrepreneurs - or corporate clients who like buying creative services from an agency head who acts like that. Elon plays increasingly a mad Genius persona - not sure if intentional or not. I don't think he cares what would be potentially the best image he should portrait for Tesla. Instead he just acts in whatever he feels that day and pushes things he believes in forward.
Most people in my industry are focused on looking really impressive and presentable to sway clients (CTO's). I'd rather look like one of their engineers than a sales guy.
I can't really say if I'd be more successful if I looked liked everyone else but I can say people certainly don't forget me.
This increases the chance of said skills contributing to the pursuit of a wide range of future passions.
At some point in my life I became obsessed with software and very quickly went from zero to getting paid. Now I am, as one of the other comments in this thread said, a 'white suit' consultant. I work in SV from NN time zones away and have been given complete autonomy over the project I'm working on. Some would call that a dream job. It's certainly different from the 'dark suit' consulting I used to do, where who I was / how I appeared was just as important as what I delivered.
A close friend of mine, on the other hand, has risen to the top of their industry and is one of the most driven and hard working people I know -- but they are decidedly not obsessed with or passionate about their field. It's just their career. They take it seriously and always give 100%, but catching an after-work conversation from them would be along the lines of 'fuck this nonsense'.
Years ago I suggested this person 'find their passion', hop careers, start a company, whatever. They never did. They're still doing well in their career and they still have a 'meh' relationship with it at the end of the day. When I say doing well I mean they're senior management and close to being offered a CEO/MD title.
Passion certainly helped me succeed in software. But it's not something I cultivated. It was something I needed to do, wasn't at the time and which was manifesting in other ways (e.g., baroque engineering hobbies). I didn't find or develop my passion for software, I just, one day, found that this obsession was a good fit for software. Because it's one of the more lucrative fields to be in today, it was an easy decision to pursue it.
But there are plenty of successful people who are not obsessed with anything. The majority probably. They strive towards excellence, because that is their character, but they could have done a dozen other things with an equal amount of dedication and wouldn't have fallen in love with any of them.
Obsession can be an advantage and the minority that have found a fit between their obsession and a lucrative career tend to think it's necessary. I did for a long time. But at the end of the day you're just creating value. You can choose to do that which just as much success as those who need to.
On the other hand, you could just as easily be obsessed with something that's not lucrative or even self destructive. Sometimes that pays off (e.g., someone obsessed with BASE jumping may eventually find sponsors). Sometimes not (they die before reaching that point).
I think a lot of this passion talk boils down to 'we had an aptitude for X when X was in demand and a good way to make money'. People are over-generously distilling that to 'passion=money'.
The author's overall idea seemed to be that once you become an expert you will be able to negotiate the working conditions that you want. However, most of the examples were entrepreneurs or people working remotely. I don't feel that he addressed the fact that most people aren't cutout to run their own business and even with hard work aren't going to be the top percent of their field. In those cases I think most corporations aren't going to be willing to negotiate meaningful changes to working conditions.
Publishers won't publish a book that says "If you can't make it, then, well, you can't really make it, haha".
Someone has to do menial boring depressing work. In a way, I'm doing it right now, fixing some bug in a barely profitable web application. Thankfully I'm not washing floor or flipping burgers though. But somebody has to do it.
Who is going to win in life anyway? Nowadays luck and opportunity is everywhere, a pretty girl from a third world country can make thouthands of dollars streaming videogames on Twitch. If she's not stupid and lazy, success is guaranteed.
The book is going to speak to some people and that justifies it's existence. Even if some people fail to become truly good and end up pursuing something they are not passionate about, it's not that bad. Many people say life is not about destanation but the journey. In that case the book is somewhat bad, because if you're not passionate about a journey, then your journey probaby was unfullfilling.
Some people just lack passion, they can't get excited. They need something else.
In general companies are unintentionally evil, stupid, and treat employees very bad.
Author's idea is not bad, when you compare it to wanting to become an expert complainer about gender inequality and monetize that. Although it can work. It does work for some people. Damn, I get a feeling that author's idea is outdated and today it's better to follow your passion, instead of becoming good. Doing both are obviously superior. But you can win whatever your passion is. In most of the cases.
If you are fat, ugly and lazy, you're not going to win.
I mean seriously, look at 6ix9ine he is a simple guy but he is winning. He lets his nuts hang and he is winning. He is not an expert musician, he's not lucky, he's just so passionate about making catchy music that he has some kind of personality disorder, borderline delusional, and yet... He makes millions of dollars and loved by millions of people.
Being best is no guarantee of success, and successful people are not necessarily reliable in attributing the actual reasons for their success.
Which is not to say that his advice is bad. It's mostly a distillation of various psychology studies and research. For example, the whole thing about pursuing Mastery, Autonomy and Purpose, is copied wholesale from Drive, which is itself based on sound research findings.
He has played the academic game well to be fair so if you are a just-hired assistant professor and want to be prepared for your tenure decision in 6 or so years you could do worse that heed his advice.
It seems like Carl Newport and other "new age" writers in this area are largely repackaging (but with much less "signal") what Mr. C said, but set in "current times".
But still, I find Mr. C's book much more timeless. Partly because he dedicated much of his entire life to understanding Flow in humans, and partly because the book is full of signal.
The optimal state of inner experience is one in which there is order in consciousness. This happens when psychic energy—or attention—is invested in realistic goals, and when skills match the opportunities for action.
Obviously, the book can't be reduced to a single definition, as Mr. C talks quite eloquently about the conditions in which flow occurs, etc. (E.g. The optimal state of inner experience is one in which there is order in consciousness. This happens when psychic energy—or attention—is invested in realistic goals, and when skills match the opportunities for action.)
But how do you know that the skills you are acquiring are actually the right ones unless you go into a tried and true career path?
It’s true though that “follow your passion” as a blanket statement is not a good advice (for all the reason in the article). But so is the blanket statement of “find a niche craft where you can excel”.
First, you never know whether you will excel at a skill or not before spending a really long time doing it.
Second, craft is not for everyone. If you’re a people’s person, HR, management or politics is likely a better orientation. You could say that you have developed “managerial skills”, but then the question becomes how to chose one’s skill?
I believe a better advice is “follow what you already know you’re good at”. And “if you’re not good at anything yet, just keep trying things you may enjoy and see if you’re good at them”
That's a very good point- mastering a skill requires a great investment and investment always comes with risk. By the time one trains their chosen skill to mastery, their skill might have lost the majority of the value it had when they first chose it- therefore, it's very risky to rely on the current market value of a skill as a guide to specialise oneself.
One of my computer science teachers at uni, had a library full of books on the Ada programming language. When I met him, he was supervising undergraduates learning to program in ... Java. I never found the courage to ask but I bet he had basically spent most of the '80s and '90s learning Ada, because of various historical reasons, then his university switched its teaching to Java, again because of historical reasons- and then he was left with a big library full of books that didn't even register as programming books to most of his students.
(OK, I think Ada is still widely used, in the same way COBOL is etc. but it's certainly not the language most new programmers learn first; just like Java isn't anymore; etc)
It is very hard to master both. Time is limited and both the topics are enormous. It is extremely difficult to select a subject to master in the hopes of it having a value in the future. It is similar to selecting something which you think will earn a huge value later such as stocks or startups for that matter.
If your goal is making money, you find something that's uninteresting, unfulfilling, and maybe unethical, but solves big problems for people who have money. If your goal is creative fulfillment, prepare yourself to be poor, or work a boring job to pay for your art.
I think the key point is understanding that difference, and being able to decide for yourself how the two should intersect in your life. And that always needs to be done realistically.
I will also say that I personally dislike the idea of having a job related to my passions. They are my passions and in many cases taking a job related to them can condition the way I have to approach them. This tends to happen more with "creative" passions, but you know. Always working, not always for money.
This will become increasingly important as ML/AI subsumes routine tasks within domains, freeing up humans to tackle inter-domain and multi-domain innovation.
Looking forward to more funding for inter-disciplinary research and multi-tasking neurology.
I am extremely passionate about video games. I follow several game developers, personalities, series and commentators, and I, of course, play several of them any given week. I enjoy my time spent playing video games, and don't see myself growing out of them anytime soon.
Nobody would call this passion very productive.
I am lucky enough to be passionate about programming as well. I've been able to turn it into a career, I'm able to find enjoyment in it outside of work, and I find fulfillment in what I do at work. That is the sort of passion people want to find, but I imagine not everyone's lucky enough to have a "productive" passion. It's a small wonder I ended up discovering mine, considering my first encounter with programming. I set out to make a game in Adobe Flash, using ActionScript, and had almost no guidance. It was a pain. Only after deciding to study Computer Science some 7 years later did I find enjoyment in programming, and only after getting proper tutelage. Not only can passions be hard to find, but they're also easy to overlook!
Example: I hated hated hated css. After being forced to solve enough issues, I suddenly started to like it. I am still not good at it, but I find it fun now.
To a person, the most successful people in any field, are obsessively focused on whatever they are successful at. It's impossible to be at the absolute top of your field without obsessive, driven, focus, aka "passion."
HOWEVER, having obsessive focus doesn't mean that the rest of the world will reward you for it. You might be "passionate" about the wrong thing, or even maybe the right thing at the wrong time. Which is I think what is left unsaid here.
It's certainly possible to cultivate enjoyment out of anything you put dedication into, but obsessive passion is an extra 1 or 5 or 10% that sets apart the absolute top of the field with someone who just enjoys it.
So passion does not equal whatever metric you would define as success, however at the extreme end of your definition of success, you will only find the passionate.
Passion then is "necessary but insufficient" for success.
I don't deny the role of genetics, but the problem is that people have been inculcated with the idea that you're born with a very specific interest and that's what you should spend your life doing. When the steam runs off, people are stuck in careers with a bleak outlook.
I feel passion is more a combination of different skills—obsession, curiosity, persistence. You can use them to make inroads into any field—and be happy too.
This. It also discourage people from trying out new things - the thing you enjoy becomes your identity and somehow becomes personally important truth about you. The initial like/dislike becomes something revealing and definitive instead of being seen as just a stage of learning.
Neither is true. The best in field are spending a lot of time with what they do, but they are not necessary single minded obsessive. They are driven and focused, but not necessary obsessive.
To be top of anything competitive, you need in no particular order: hard work, right genetics, right environment. All three are necessary. Enjoyment helps with motivation, but absolute top is not distinguished by more love for activity. They are distinguished by pragmatical differences.
I think alot of people can misunderstand the "what" of their passion, especially when trying to match it with a job. Take for example photography. If you tell yourself you're passionate about photography but not understand what kind of photography and in what context/social situation you can make some pretty bad occupational choices. So if what you really are passionate about is street photography, socializing with random people, observing people in an urban environment, and you end up with working with photography in an indoor studio setting doing meaningless marketing campaigns you are probably going to end up unhappy. Maybe even loosing the passion of street photography as well...
I keep being moved on, and nothing I've tried has ever made real money. That's why I haven't developed mastery of any specific skill (a Masters degree doesn't count). HR departments now hate me because I had too many short internships. I tried to fix that by settling into a job for 4 years, but now that contract's not being renewed, I'm unemployed. I keep trying to throw side projects onto Show HN, but they haven't turned into job offers. How far should I keep moving on before I give up?
So I went all-in into trading technology, and was happy enough and well-paid ever since.
UK is well known for having a 2 page resume. But America, this is not the case, its a one pager. You blog & resume speaks of a very european mindset as well,you should know that European Companies =/= American companies in terms of cultural fit. Many european computer science jobs are more B2B than America, which has a large amount of B2C as well
I've done a lot of hiring, your resume has some serious red flags. It shows you jumped around too much, and there is just way too much irrelevant information. You should spend a bit of money and get resume critiquement / career critiques, this would be highly beneficial to you. Learn what your call to action is to both HR and to technical recruiters. Just put down the last 3 jobs you worked on
You would gain a alot by instead focusing on learning UX design, both document and website wise. I have a short attention spam, I could not read your resume. I went as far as measuring the fonts for you.
You put things at 10pt font... that's insane. 8pt font is as small as it goes, 14 to 16 pt is the preferred size for web-font readability.
You would also learn a lot by taking better photos of yourself too. Your photo looks like MySpace Tom is in his prime.
You need to think in a companies' hiring shoes. What is their first impressions of you? If I were a recruiter for a big firm, this is how I would interpret you resume
- 2 pager -> You can't figure what matters in our company. There is way too many things listed that are irrelevant to the job position, what is it you are looking for in the job
- Blog -> it shows you don't have the best communication standards out there. It shows you have poor design aesthetics
- Hobbies / couchsurfing -> This shows you don't know what matters in XYZ company. Companies could not care less about your hobbies, unless its related to work
- "• Entrepreneurship: Buying, refurbishing and reselling a class set of iBooks in 2005; iPod repair at ", " Took online
training courses in big data processing with ElasticSearch and Tensorfow machine learning. ",...etc → it shows you think a bit too highly of yourself, ego might be an issue. Reading through your writing on your blog suggests the same. I do not know you personally, I am only relaying what every HR person would think. I don't see any perspectives other than your own in your blogs, it suggests you might have issues acclimating to different cultures
Your blog is not a blog. Its a journal. Know the difference.
I am giving you 100% honest feedback on everything I've seen, you have a lot room for improvement not on the technical side of things. I'm not any better though, I recognize my weaknesses, my writing sucks and I tend to repeat myself. But I make strides of improving it everyday
I see a few grammatical errors, "i". The "Subnero" link is broken by the way, might want to point it to the correct spot. If you use google link, I would suggest doing analytics tracking to see how many times its clicked (this gives you a good indication fo how many people read your resume)
I imagine this is for datascience jobs, the things that stood out to me the most were
- youtube links to actual talks is very good
- 1% kaggle is really hard to get
- actual publications
otherwise it looks perfectly fine. Make sure the PDF is OCR readable, and make sure there is an accompaning .docx format as well
>> I see a few grammatical errors, "i"
Do you mean I'm using small-letter "i" somewhere? I triple-checked, but can't seem to find that anywhere?
>> If you use google link, I would suggest doing analytics tracking to see how many times its clicked
That's a great idea!
>> The "Subnero" link is broken by the way
Thanks for catching that!
>> Make sure the PDF is OCR readable, and make sure there is an accompaning .docx format as well
I suspect its not OCR readable, and there is no .docx version either - the disadvantages of making your resume with Latex!
ah okay you made it in latex. I always run my PDF's through Adobe Acrobat Pro X for OCR recognition. CTRL+F some words on there to see if it works. You want to ensure if it is OCR because it's going to be scraped for content through HR processors. That's why I recommended .docx format as well, granted that also let's headhunters delete your email address.
Pandoc has a latex to pdf converter, I imagine this is what you used
Also, you might want to change the resume name a bit differently. You wrote down "shankar_resume_cto.pdf". You might not be applying to a CTO position and might be taken as a threat to someone's existing CTO position.
By the way, you should really link your kaggle profile on there if you really are in the top 1%. Gives recruiters no doubt that you are actually what you say you are.
Ah - thanks, its amazing how I tend to become "blind" to errors in my own writing!
Great point about the "cto" suffix! I once applied for a CTO position, and saved the tailored version of my resume at that time with a "cto" suffix. Since then I have been using modified versions of that resume, but I must get rid of the suffix now.
I held the top 1% rank in 2014. I'm not active on Kaggle anymore. They have since changed the way they calculate rankings, and you lose your rank if you don't stay active. As a result, while I still have my Kaggle profile, its now unranked. I figure its easier to explain this when asked, rather than link to a profile page that seems to contradict the claimed achievement.
Resume looks perfectly fine though,I didn't checkout your linkedin profile under your username but I assume it looks similar
Agreed, some of those could be dropped. But some of those are internships or short contracts, I don't see a reason to remove all of those necessarily
It's on his personal website, I don't see anything wrong with it. It shows that he's passionate about tech, he wouldn't just be some random work monkey if he got hired. Most of his posts are about tinkering with things. Looks like a standard blog to me. I saw your blog, and it definitely reads way more like a journal than his, which is good because it conveys your personality and that you have opinions (confidence)
- "• Entrepreneurship: Buying, refurbishing and reselling a class set of iBooks in 2005; iPod repair at ", " Took online training courses in big data processing with ElasticSearch and Tensorfow machine learning. ",...etc → it shows you think a bit too highly of yourself, ego might be an issue
I'd say this falls more into the 'irrelevant' category. His website or resume doesn't give me the impression of ego, if anything it gives the opposite impression: that he's a little shy, maybe desperate, and maybe thinks too little of himself
There are really two key issues I see standing out by looking at his profile:
1. Non-comittal, he's moved to a lot of different places. While his portfolio shows that he's intellectually curious, it also shows that he isn't taking career as seriously as he should. All of those internships and none of them progressed into a job? That's a red flag for sure. Maybe this is what you're sensing. Get rid of this. Showing that you've travelled a lot and only worked short periods does not send out a good signal
Also this coupled with the hobbyist impression on the website might be even more of a red flag. You have intrinsic interest in a lot of tech but you're professional side doesn't reflect that. Do you hate business? it kind of implies that you aren't very business-oriented. If so, maybe think about grad school and going into academia, just my 2c
2. He might be a little too introverted and shy, and should probably take more initiative to network and meet people. Jobs are a seller's market, companies get tons of spammed applications that barely get read. Networking helps a lot
A resume is just a cheatsheet about a potential candidate. If you wanted a 6 pager, that's what blogs/youtube/github/stackoverflow you've made/portfolio URLs/etc are for. People don't have time to read a 6 page resume, you would be really surprised how many applications a company gets for 1 job posting (depends on job & company, but it goes into the hundreds and sometimes thousands, not all candidates are qualified though). It takes all but 5 seconds to apply to a company on indeed.com, for instance.
You should have an additional link(s) somewhere on every resume you put, if the person wanted to know more. And you should be using something like google analytics to track that as well. (either link to a specific url+query string and track that, or use bitly/google shortener url)
Obviously I don't know, but it might be the case that you've been too extreme in the "move on" part and enough in the "following an appealing pursuit".
Just my $.02 ...
However, fast forward to today, I'm still not passionate and keep thinking I'm wasting my time. Once my options vest, I'm out.
I DO think passion is important. You can have multiple passions and you can get new ones, but it has to be there. At least speaking for myself, it makes a huge difference on how good I feel about my life.
Someone talked about some senior manager he knew that was not passionate at all.
I've met some senior managers that weren't passionate about their jobs too. Problem was, they had money, status and mastery, but they lacked control. Their decisions were just a mirror of what the higher echelons expected, not what they thought the company should be doing.
Another example could be the "enterprise Scrum" which is bashed all the time in here. Why is that?
#Money: are developers well payed? Yes.
#Mastery: Can they develop mastery working this way? Probably not.
#Status: do they have some status inside the org? No
#Control: have they any control left over they jobs? No.
Funny that while I was writing this I was participating in a remote daily meeting. What were the participants doing? They were trying to boss around. Why? Because they lacked status and control. That's why!
For me, there are two fundamental assumptions in this piece of advice, both
mistaken: that you only get one ("true"?) passion in your entire life and
that's that, and that this passion is for one very specific ...thing, that
exists in a particular space and time.
For instance, under those assumptions, Charles' Babbage's "passion" would be
about "mechanical computers", based on the fact that he dedicated the majority
of his resources working on those, towards the end of his life; so they must
have been what he was passionate about.
In reality, reading his autobiography, it's obvious that Babbage simply had a
mind that would not be constrained and would jump from interest to interest
throughout his life. He happened to get his teeth sunk into something really,
really big with mechanical computers and, having so dug his way into a rich
seem of new ideas, he invested most of his resources in mining it for all it
was worth. But he was simply interested in anything and everything- and,
particularly in things that worked.
As to the second fundamental mistake, the fact that Babbage became interested
in mechanical computers was a happy accident: he was born at a time and in a
place that enabled this interest. Were he to be born 1000 years prior, or half
a continent away, he would have probably never have heard of such things as
mechanical calculators and never have gone down in history as the inventor of
the first ever general computer (and also, btw, of feature creep).
Perhaps -no, certainly!- "find your passion" is bad advice when it makes
these two assumptions about how a "passion" is a very specific thing that can
only exist in one place and time. But, when "passion" points to something
deeper about how one's mind functions and where one's natural proclivities
lie, then it's actually good advice: to find your strengths and your
weaknesss, and play to your strengths and avoid your weaknesses.
Then, there's those of us who can only really apply ourselves to a job if it
is scratching an itch- for working with our hands, for things that work, for
abstract ideas, for the wonderment in the physical world, for inspiration and
creativity, for hard work and contributing to the community- etc, etc. Only
when we are really interested in the thing we do can it keep our full
attention and our full focus for long hours and longer days. For such people,
"find your passion" really means: "find something that makes you work hard and
use it to live a productive life". It means: "maximise your potential".
It's more helpful to ask one's self: "What am I willing to suffer for?" rather than: "What am I passionate about?" where passion today seems to mean what would I prefer to do rather than work.
the fact that Babbage became interested in mechanical computers was a happy accident: he was born at a time and in a place that enabled this interest. Were he to be born 1000 years prior, or half a continent away, he would have probably never have heard of such things as mechanical calculators
Usually people point out that Babbage was incredibly unlucky to have been born just before computers were made practical.
To be that person- I'd accept being born ten thousand years before my time and dying in complete obscurity.
Though I'd say it might be a good idea to avoid making your favorite thing your job. Because all of that stuff could suck the fun out of your favorite thing, and then you've associated a lot of negative emotions to what used to be something that could get you out of bed in the morning
I understand that these principles can benefit people in figuring out their direction, they have certainly helped me, but I'm often let down that "purpose" is treated as an afterthought. At the end of the day you are going to die one day, large or small, don't you want to feel that you had a positive impact on the world? Shouldn't that be a defining metric of career success?
Can anyone do anything to reach the competence/enjoyment stage with enough grit?
Society, or the world or the Universe, call it whatever you want, will reward you in direct proportion to the value you give to them, not to yourself. It does not care about you, it cares about itself.
On the other hand you should never forget your needs as a human being while working. Focusing too much on others, becoming in practice a slave, not eating well, not sleeping well, not having fun, will only burn you in the medium and short term.
That will for sure make you not to contribute much to others on the long term.
The advice is given by people that had overextended themselves and experienced the burnout in their life. They compare themselves to others and it becomes obvious that some people are doing exactly what they love to do.
They assume that this has always been the case. Usually it is not. For example my father met a man called Carlos Sainz, a car driver that won some Dakar, when people see this man succeed, they assume it was always easy to him. They can't see the effort and sacrifice that led to him winning races.
I fortuitously met Rafael Nadal, a Spanish tennis player. People see him winning titles and believe that is his life, but his life is 90% training training and training(repeating repeating repeating) to a level that will bore to tears any normal human being.
I like playing tennis myself but it will be impossible for me to spend my life doing that.
People that have been in a particular job for 10 years, are happier than people that have only held it for 5 years, and so on.
Confidence, experience, skills leads to happiness.
> So Good They Can't Ignore You
The title itself doesn't hold. You will get ignored no matter how good you are. And you will get picked no matter how bad you are.
But maybe he's talking about the likelihood of being ignored going towards zero. Well, then we have to define 'good'.
And then you find out that reducing the likelihood of getting ignored has pretty much nothing to do with 'autonomy', 'mastery', 'purpose' but the impression you can instill in the mind of whoever you want noticed by (whether it's real or an illusion is secondary). So what matters is your influence, not how good you are.
So yeah, not interested in this at all.
Steve Jobs was not passionate about Zen buddhism, whatever he may have said at some point in time. It was a passing interest of his. He was very obviously passionate, even obsessed, about developing great computing products for consumers.
The example is horribly chosen.
Of course the reality was more complicated; he was a deadbeat dad and needlessly perfectionist at times. But given the public image he created for himself, the Buddhism story is a good fit for the point the author is making.
A good example of a "4" is elon musk. His motivation stems from reading Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy at any early age. He stuck to the same quotes that motivated him today. That is true passion.
I have a friend who is very good at "4". Knowing "4" as a deep level, helps you identify similar "4"s. People will remember you as that person with a strong "4" and drive inspiration from you.
My "4" is pretty generic. Its to give back to all the technology that has defined me growing up. This is the internet, TV shows, video games, smartphones, etc I have taken for granted in this generation. And by definition, the hardware and software to enable those things to be. That's my reasoning. Anything that benefits the persuit of my "4" is fun to me. I like building tools to empower others, my guiding philsophy is similar to Douglas_Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse. "4" is the small things in life
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Engelbart. > guiding philosophies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPYeCltXpxw. > how, why what
The "how" of "4" is driven by 2 different things:
Growing up, I have always been obsessed with automation. This is because I started working at the age of 13. And had to do a lot of tedious inefficient tasks that gave me a lot of time to mull on. I transitioned this obsession into MMO's, which has taught me everything I know about business today. Its defined me for better or worst. My automation obsession has lead me to constantly critique myself, can I do things better? is there a faster way to learn XYZ? Do I really need to move my finger farther than I need to on the keyboard? Does this UX respond well to minimal eye fatigue?
The obsession of documentation I have stems from dealing with logical infallacies growing up. I was always told that I was wrong because I clearly was not experienced or old enough to understand. I would journal things religiously - and I made an effort to document everything I do. I still very religiously do this today, I have made over 13,000+ gifs/images, 2000+ videos tracked of things I watched, 1000+ softwares documented of things I used, 5000+ items of things I've researched and bought/tried out. I have different methods of tracking this, this is my obsession with documentation
The "2" is what I defined as the "what". From the "why" and "how, that "what" could be been many things. It could be working on computervision / embedded hardware. It could be manufacturer automation in industrial sectors. Or business processes. Minimalistic UX designs for marketing purposes. Those are all derivatives of automation & documentation. Literally, everything is automation & documentation in some form or another.
But I've done 3 years of semiconductor / metallurgical lab research. I learned that I hate doing research, and slow changes. I don't believe in reinventing the wheel or experimenting things on unsure success. This makes me a poor scientist and an aspiring 10x engineer.
I am starting to outgrow all the software I've used, and wish for many things that do not yet exist. Regardless of what things change down the road in my life, these obsessions of mine with automation, and documentation, will never go away. It defines me. Neither will my motivation for building tools to empower others, including myself
https://commoncog.com/blog/so-good-they-cant-ignore-you/ → this blog suggests "2" and "4".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4ZoJKF_VuA&vl=en → "Ted talk, how why what".
"4" is the "why" and the "how" to me.
"2" is the "what" to me.
"why" is giving back to this ideal, of culture and media only made possible with the advent of technology. Its the small, taken for granted things in life.
"how" is automation and documentation to me.
Here's a crappy diagram of my professional goals in life. https://i.imgur.com/nTyvVOR.png
Everything that falls outside the scope of automation and documentation, generally do not interest me. These are things like research topics that don't intersect my goals, e.g. chemistry, biology, etc.
Things that also fall in the scope of automation and documentation, in some way form or another. This is callisthetics, rock climbing, jiu jitsu automation physically. Space repetition learning, notetaking, UX design, automation mentally. Those are just some examples.
Documentation would be blogging and youtubing among other things. The latter I persued in the past with some success, but wish to do so again sometime later. Not sure what it would be, granted the one youtuber I really look up to is Tom Scott.
Instead of having the "why" as inspiration, I want to be the "why" to others and for myself. The storyteller, not the reader. This could be in many forms, from writing, to building tools that make an impact on others. Drawing inspiration from things I accomplished in the past, etc.
Its still a long progress, but having a "4" or "why" really drives me everyday in persuing my goals