Jeff Atwood is the co-founder of Stack Exchange and Discourse. He talked about his philosophy.
” My philosophy is my happiness only becomes real when I share it with all of you.
This is the philosophy that underlies Stack Overflow. This is the philosophy that underlies Discourse. These are all projects based on large scale, communal shared happiness. Love of learning. Love of teamwork. Love of community.“
I should produce something like that — share happiness among community.
(1) You are in the driver seat. So drive.
(2) You need to stop distracting yourself and start inspiring yourself.
(3) Big thinking actually does work.
As said in The Pursuit of Happiness: “You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.”
(4) Motion creates motion…and it creates ideas.
When you start moving towards a goal it drives you forward even further. This is why just the act of “doing something” can help people get into a better mindset. Motion also gets the mind moving and creates new ideas. Moral of the story: Get out and do something, even if it is small. Then let the snowball effect take place!
(5) You better start failing ASAP!
The most important question to ask yourself is: How much can you learn from failure? Start “failing” today and change the way you perceive this word. See it as an opportunity for growth and learning. See it as a way to test new ideas and improve understanding. See it is as a necessary step to success and not the “end” of anything.
(6) Live for others not yourself.
Copy from AJ Juliani’s The Beginner’s Guide to Believing in Yourself.
Usually when they were young they had independent thoughts and had the courage to pursue them.
They have courage. Once you get your courage up and believe that you can do important problems, then you can. If you think you can’t, almost surely you are not going to.
– from You and Your Research, by Richard Hamming
If you are an entrepreneur, you might have some hard time in your life. Ben Horowitz, a venture capitalist from Andreessen Horowitz, talked about The Struggle you might have.
The Struggle is when you wonder why you started the company in the first place.
The Struggle is when people ask you why you don’t quit and you don’t know the answer.
The Struggle is when your employees think you are lying and you think they may be right.
The Struggle is when food loses its taste.
The Struggle is when you don’t believe you should be CEO of your company.
The Struggle is where self-doubt becomes self-hatred.
The Struggle is when you are having a conversation with someone and you can’t hear a word that they are saying because all you can hear is The Struggle.
The Struggle is when you want the pain to stop.
The Struggle is unhappiness.
The Struggle is when you go on vacation to feel better and you feel worse.
The Struggle is when you are surrounded by people and you are all alone.
The Struggle is the land of broken promises and crushed dreams.
The Struggle is a cold sweat.
Most people are not strong enough. But The Struggle is where greatness comes from.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is a influential best-selling book. Many people said this book changed their life.
According to this book, the seven habits are as following.
- Be proactive (take action and be responsible)
- Begin with an end in mind (consciously plan out and visualize your actions)
- First things first (set priorities and carry them out)
- Think win-win (in negotiation, seek solutions that help both yourself and the other person)
- Seek first to understand, then be understood (in communication, listen actively before you talk)
- Synergize (in work, open yourself to others to work effectively in teams)
- Sharpen the Saw (relax, rejuvenate, and revitalize yourself)
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