Advice I've Gotten

Posted by Vance Feld on December 18, 2016

Advice I've Gotten:

  • Trim your nosehair.
  • Work for somebody else for 10 years to learn what not to do before starting your own business.
  • Stop Whining.
  • Make yourself irreplaceable.
  • Do hard labor so you appreciate your desk job.
  • Never do for a living what you love. It will ruin it for you.
  • Always ask why.
  • You're replaceable. Take a vacation.
  • Don't make business deals, let alone start a tech company with a friend and burn it to the ground (without still being friends in the end).
  • Do for a living that which makes you lose all track of time.
  • The shortest distance between two points is a straight line (but only in Euclidian space).
  • Learn calculus and statistics.
  • If you're going to do something, do it the best.
  • Learn to be happy.
  • You're a hypochondriac; chill out.
  • Quit your job.
  • Drink less.
  • Drink more.
  • Don't wear trucker hats.
  • Nobody cares.
  • You don't always get out what you put in.
  • The world will never run out of oil because the last barrell will be so costly to extract. That the economies of scale for other means of energy production will make alternatives so much cheaper, by magnitudes, extraction wouldn't be worth it (due to diminishing return on exploration and mining).
  • Juggle.
  • Everything can be explained by the Goldilox ratio.
  • I've never known a developer who hasn't held up a piece of their work to the light and said, "this is utter shit."
  • Question everything.