Just came across this nice post from a iphone developer(now at hipmunk). Do read it. Far more interesting is the comment made by guy named "Hang".
After pondering for a while on how to hire someone and also reflecting on my own experience as a candidate, I came to the same conclusion that someone who gives a damn is worth more than someone with more skills or experience. Assuming both are intelligent people, then it is not as though the first person can’t go and learn whatever skills he is missing. Giving a damn about what he is doing will drive him to learn those things and to learn them well. Not only that but he will learn new things as the industry progresses.
So far I’ve only come up with one indirect measurement of this quality and that’s to find out what a person does in his free time.
Success and failure, they are separated mainly by those who try, those who don’t, and all the subtle levels in between. To try means to move your ass, get out there, and hustle. The whole fucking world is open to you. Everything you love in this world that nature didn’t deliver to you was created by a hustler. By those who try. All the billions of people on this planet, they each need help with almost every detail of their existence. You can certainly be of value somehow.
I thoroughly enjoyed this blog post. You must read it.
A hundred years from now, I’ll be dead, you’ll be dead, and almost everyone we know will be dead. Give it two hundred years and everyone we ever interacted with will be dead. So why bother crying tears of regret? We only live once, and we’ve got to enjoy our lives.
When people ask me what philosophy is, I say philosophy is what you do when you don't know what the right questions are yet. Once you get the questions right, then you go answer them, and that's typically not philosophy, that's one science or another. Anywhere in life where you find that people aren't quite sure what the right questions to ask are, what they're doing, then, is philosophy.
-- Daniel Dennett
damn, your habits are more important than your goals. Get addicted to right stuff!
Your twenties are always an apprenticeship, but you don't always know what for.
After reading PG's essay this week came across equally important small email from my daily subscriptions. I need more of it.
When you're not as talented or skillful as the next person, discipline is the next best substitute. Talent and skills are full of potential. But when that potential isn't harnessed with discipline, it's all for nothing. Discipline with the talent and skills you have right now will leave those with the best talent and skills but no discipline choking in the dust.
More concise words: success=(determination+discipline)*ambition By davemcclure