Want to start a startup? To do something well you have to like it. We’ve got it down to four words: “Do what why do we listen to music essay love.
The very idea is foreign to what most of us learn as kids. And it did not seem to be an accident. The world then was divided into two groups, grownups and kids. Grownups, like some kind of cursed race, had to work. I’m not saying we should let little kids do whatever they want. They may have to be made to work on certain things. I wanted when I grew up, so long as I enjoyed it.
By high school, the prospect of an actual job was on the horizon. But I don’t think the bank manager really did. Why is it conventional to pretend to like what you do? That’s where the upper-middle class tradition comes from. What a recipe for alienation. I am not suited to this world. The most dangerous liars can be the kids’ own parents.
Surely one had to force oneself to work on them. Then you want to do something else—even something mindless. I put the lower bound there for practical reasons. This doesn’t mean you have to make something. What there has to be is a test.
You shouldn’t worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world. This is easy advice to give. That’s what leads people to try to write novels, for example. Prestige is just fossilized inspiration. Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious.
The other big force leading people astray is money. The advice of parents will tend to err on the side of money. How many even discover something they love to work on? A few hundred thousand, perhaps, out of billions.
You often can’t tell yourself. Is there some test you can use to keep yourself honest? Another test you can use is: always produce. Always produce” is also a heuristic for finding the work you love. I’m not going to try. And so to protect themselves people say “I can’t.
How do you make them? The organic route is more common. Even tenure is not real freedom. Worse still, anything you work on changes you. Which route should you take? How did she get into this fix?
Now she has a life chosen for her by a high-school kid. But this is certainly not so with work. That was probably part of the reason I chose computers. Most people would say, I’d take that problem. I’ll figure out what to do. Constraints give your life shape. Whichever route you take, expect a struggle.