Most of the stories we tell ourselves are being swayed by outside forces and human nature more than our own rational thoughts.
A few of the only useful hacks I know:
Marketing hack: Make a good product that people need.
PR hack: Do something newsworthy.
Writing hack: Write every day for years.
Learning hack: Read a book. When finished, read another.
Work culture hack: Trust people and pay them well.
Investing hack: Give compounding the decades it requires.
Networking hack: Email people you admire and ask them out to coffee.
Savings hack: Lower your ego and live below your means.
Career hack: Work harder than is expected of you and be nice to people.
Relationship hack: Deserve to be loved.
Organization hack: Clean up your mess.
Diet hack: Burn more calories than you consume.
Fitness hack: Sweat and lift heavy stuff.
Fundraising hack: Make a product lots of people will pay for with decent or better margins.
Scale-to-a-million-users hack: Make a product a million people need.
Product hack: Solve a legitimate problem.
Making college more affordable hack: Go to an in-state public school and work full time.
Productivity hack: Realize the consequences of being unproductive.
There’s a scene in Lawrence of Arabia where one man puts out a match with his fingers, and doesn’t flinch. Another man watching tries to do the same, and yells in pain.
“It hurts! What’s the trick?” he asks.
“The trick is not minding that it hurts,” the first man says.
Another useful hack.
Credit card debt in China is $2t v. $815b in the United States.
Classic Quote: My code is free — my time is not.
If you add value to me — not to some vague concept of a community — you will receive the best service I can offer. I will lavish you with access, bug fixes, new features, and private security notifications. If you rely on my open source work to run your business, I will do my best to justify your financial support.
This past year I’ve provided sponsors with private company talks, bug fixes, priority feature implementations, help dealing with other maintainers within our ecosystem, informed of security vulnerabilities a few days before they were made public (with a private patch preview), and significant leeway in how issues are reported privately or publicly.