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Paul Graham: More quotes --> to High School Kids and career direction

Most of the work I've done in the last ten years didn't exist when I was in high school. The world changes fast, and the rate at which it changes is itself speeding up. In such a world it's not a good idea to have fixed plans.

And yet every May, speakers all over the country fire up the Standard Graduation Speech, the theme of which is: don't give up on your dreams. I know what they mean, but this is a bad way to put it, because it implies you're supposed to be bound by some plan you made early on. The computer world has a name for this: premature optimization. And it is synonymous with disaster. These speakers would do better to say simply, don't give up.

What they really mean is, don't get demoralized. Don't think that you can't do what other people can. And I agree you shouldn't underestimate your potential. People who've done great things tend to seem as if they were a race apart. And most biographies only …

Paul Graham essays awesome

His essays are like finding an oasis in the rest of the world's bullshit value system and our flawed childhoods. 

What seems like work to other people that doesn't seem like work to you?
Most people are doomed in childhood by accepting the axiom that work = pain. Those who escape this are nearly all lured onto the rocks by prestige or money. How many even discover something they love to work on? A few hundred thousand, perhaps, out of billions.

It's hard to find work you love; it must be, if so few do. So don't underestimate this task. And don't feel bad if you haven't succeeded yet. In fact, if you admit to yourself that you're discontented, you're a step ahead of most people, who are still in denial. If you're surrounded by colleagues who claim to enjoy work that you find contemptible, odds are they're lying to themselves. Not necessarily, but probably.

Some people are lucky enough to know what they want to do when they're 12, and just glide a…

Cycle of Exploration and Focus

For my 4 years since college, every year was a process of exploration. What's this field like? What's stand-up like? What's marketing like? How about sales? What's computer programming like? But now, I desperately feel the need to focus as my next step. If you do not choose to focus in something, you end up going in 100 different directions and dissipate your energy. 
I've begun to realize that once you find a career direction worth pursuing (as a result of all your "divergent" creative exploration and trial & error), you must now utilize a "convergent" mindset and focus like an analytical field.  Eliminate the non-important. Focus on the highest ROI.

In that way, your career is constantly in a cycle of expansion and contraction. You are expanding to see all of your options, and then decide to capture one and contract to gain power and focus in a niche. And then you repeat.
A person spread between 10 different pursuits is not dangerous at al…

Being a popular social butterfly vs. Being a misfit hermit

Attracting people into your life is surely an important skill. Human beings since our tribal origins have always been social. Interpersonal interaction is what makes us happy, what makes us laugh and what lifts us up when we are down. We cannot survive without others. Some people are said to have natural "charisma" when they can draw others to them and are revered upon.

But I've always wondered about the two sides of being social. It seems that the greatest people in history didn't really care about being social, popular or fitting in. Especially in their youth. 
If you look at great scientists/artists/writers like Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Einstein, Faraday, Da Vinci, Picasso, Hemingway ... as well as entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and etc .... we see that the striking similarity across them is that they spent an amazing amount of time "indoors by themselves" working on their hobby/craft/idea instead of socializi…

Setting up UIScrollView in Storyboard

WOOHOO my first video tutorial.
iMovie is kinda painstaking -_-;; It's fun but it also takes a lot of time.
Not as exciting as making funny comedy videos like I used to but ... might be more useful for some.