by Feross Aboukhadijeh
1. Prioritize learning.
- 10,000 hour rule (http://www.wired.com/wiredscienc…)
- Start early
- Read a lot. 2-3 hours a day, at least
2. Don’t talk about doing stuff. Do stuff.
- The world is full of so many talkers, and so few doers.
- Too much planning is as bad as no planning.
- "Posting about your plans is shadow of Done"
- Make stuff while your brain is young and fresh. The brain gets slower as you age.
3. Figure out what you like. Try to become the best in the world at it.
- If you start early, you will have time to change your mind.
- Don’t worry if it’s not "prestigious" or won’t make you a lot of money. If you’re good at it, you’ll make it prestigious.
- Read "How to Do What You Love" by Paul Graham http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html
4. Experience stuff.
- Watch epic movies/books/music
- Go on adventures (road trips, travel to other countries)
- Talk to interesting people and really LISTEN
5. Spoil yourself on the stuff that matters.
- Eat well, sleep well, drink (water) well
- Buy a good bed (you spend ⅓ of your life in your bed)
- Buy a good computer (since you will spend so much time on it)
- Similarly, good chair, keyboard, mouse, etc.
6. Be genuine. Be nice.
- Being a generally nice person will make you so many awesome lifelong friends
- Being genuine is freeing since you can just be yourself with everyone you know — you won’t have to worry about keeping lies straight in your head
7. Learn to delay gratification.
- Ability to delay gratification predicts future success (http://www.ted.com/talks/joachim…)
- Those who succumb to pressures and do what’s immediately satisfying miss out on later satisfaction.
- Ex: Kids in high school who partied every night are bagging groceries at Safeway now, while those who delayed that "fun" for just a few more years get to work at their dream job for the rest of their lives