If Something Seems Boring, Skip It

...I tried two tactics to increase the amount of money I could charge for my programming services. One of them failed spectacularly, and one of them succeeded wonderfully. The failure was learning the skills that had the most job posts; the success was learning the skills that most engaged my own curiosity. I learned Java and got nothing out of it; I studied Bayesian filtering for fun and did consulting work in Bayesian filtering through my activity on a Ruby mailing list.


The moral here is that if something seems boring, skip it. Trust your intuition.

- Giles Bowkett


Jeff Kwak said...


Follow Your Bliss

Matt Blodgett said...

Funny you should mention that. Joseph Campbell is one of my heroes (that may seem like a funny statement for the initiated).