"First, try to be something, anything, else."

Monday, March 14, 2011 :: Tagged under: pablolife culture. ⏰ 3 minutes.


Hey! Thanks for reading! Just a reminder that I wrote this some years ago, and may have much more complicated feelings about this topic than I did when I wrote it. Happy to elaborate, feel free to reach out to me! 😄


Here's an old, but good article, ostensibly about writing. The author is pretty funny, and I think most of what he writes applies just as well to any endeavor you choose to pursue with any interest.

Having tried to find my theatre identity in college, only to become a computer scientist, the question of "How do I get good at ..." is something I thought about (and continue to think about) all the time. Most of what I think is already present in the article in one form or another, but with my words:

My only reluctance in this guideline is that I tend to put too many hours on the analysis/thinking/observing part, and not enough on the practice part. I'll watch a lot more Starcraft than I play, read more chess books than I play, read about programming languages more than I use them, etc. But I imagine many have the opposite problem.

Well, bloviation complete.

*= Two little notes: a) not everybody wants to be the best/do amazing things at X/Y/Z, they just want to do it, happily, at their own pace. That's totally fine, in which case, carry on ^_^. And b) the bullet point makes it seem like you will know immediately when you love/care about something. It may take some time: I didn't know I was into computer science until I took the theory classes, about a year in.

Thanks for the read! Disagreed? Violent agreement!? Feel free to drop me a line at , or leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you 😄