The secret of success is not failure. It’s not giving up, and the ability to move on from failures.
Before the ability to acquire new knowledge, comes curiosity. It’s what triggers the process of learning new things. And without it, nothing creative, innovative nor productive can be achieved.
It takes a lot of courage to admit you’re messing up your life. But once it’s done, your whole perception of how things should work becomes clearer.
Self-criticize. Move forward. Never lose sight of your goals.
The 14th episode of Breaking Bad’s season 5 is given a 10/10 on imdb. I have nothing further to add on that, except that the whole series is probably the best show, ever.
One more thing: Ozymandias is a short poem published by “Percy Bysshe Shelley” in 1818. If you have seen Breaking Bad, this text totally makes sense!
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
What is the opposite of work? For most adults it is play. But for kids, the opposite of work is: lazy, home, relaxed, boring, etc.
If you’re not happy with something in your life, change it. As simple as that. There’s no secret way nor magic trick.
Meritocracy, in general, and the notion that tech is somehow a level playing field, unspoiled by entrenched societal attitudes that affect literally every single other industry on earth. Silicon Valley isn’t a meritocracy when I’m the only girl at a Bitcoin meetup and my opinion is dismissed as “cute,” and it isn’t a meritocracy when women founders struggle with fundraising because investors think their wombs are ticking time bombs, and it isn’t a meritocracy when people of color and the poor find it more difficult to succeed in tech. Once we get that through our skulls, maybe we can move forward and things can get better.