There is no finish line. So love the journey.
- David Weekly
Catch David Weekly at Echelon 2012 (11 &12 June)!
The train was Web 2.0, now known as social media. It rode along the rails of the Web at breathtaking speed, every one of its cars a powerful platform designed with the express purpose of getting people to talk to one another again. The silent, anonymous, private Internet suddenly turned extremely chatty, personal, and revealing.
Unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner, and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through the newspaper determined to find certain job advertisements and, as a result, miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there, rather than just what they are looking for.
Really liked this quote from an article I just came across titled “What Lucky People Do Different”.
I’ve learned that the ones closest in my life will doubt my aspirations and dreams. It’s not that they don’t think that I can live out my dreams or accomplish my desires, it’s that they are afraid of me failing and getting hurt.
“To be honest, I am amazed by my batch mates. We have a core creator of Django, a maintainer of the python client of a popular oss software, a contributor to the OAuth spec, drummers of a band, a 18 year old that had already sold his first company, someone that leads and sings in a choir, and a pair that owns a chain of Beard Papa’s, amongst others. In the previous batch, if I recall correctly, they had two Rhode scholars. By comparison, I can only cut a deck of cards with one hand.”
This is an excerpt from a longer article about someone’s advice in applying to YCombinator after applying 6 times and finally getting onto the programme. Definitely worth a read.
We could have spent 3 months chasing money, or 3 months earning it. We chose the latter and have a much better product because of it. As an added bonus if we ever did take money, we now have powerful leverage.. called profit.
This is so in line with my own thinking that I had to post it here. The full post is fantastic, too.