The Miscellany of Stewart McCoy

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“"Do what you love" treats "what you love" as a fixed thing, but it’s not. I used to hate running. I would sometimes force myself to run a few miles because it’s supposed to be healthy, but I never liked it. Then I read a book that said we are born to run, and that it can be fun. Inspired, I decided to try running just for fun, focus on the quality of every step, and forget about the goal completion aspect of it. Very quickly, I learned to enjoy running, and over time I’ve transformed my entire relationship with fitness and exercise to be oriented more toward enjoyment.”

– Paul Buchheit

“Life rarely goes the way we want it to. When we’re taking risks and trying something new, we should expect that it often won’t work out the way we had planned. And even if we try to keep our lives narrow and risk free, things still won’t work out the way we had planned. We can get angry and frustrated and stuck, or we can accept and move forward, assuming that whatever happened is somehow for the best.”

– Paul Bucheit

“Meanwhile, we don’t need to wait until a hypercapitalist techno-utopia emerges to do right by our struggling neighbors. We could make the choice to pay for universal health care, higher education, and a basic income tomorrow. Instead, you’re kicking the can down the road and hoping the can will turn into a robot with a market solution.”

– Alex Payne

“Hopefully we can agree that there are many more meaningful quality of life improvements technology has yet to deliver on before we can start brainstorming the “luxury goods markets” of the future.”

– Alex Payne in a brilliant commentary on technological advancement, free market capitalism, and inequality. This sentiment resonates with me because since I’ve arrived in the Bay, I’ve felt there aren’t enough of the smart, wealthy people working on problems worth solving (aka in utilitarian nature). 

“Product market fit is a funny term, but here’s a concrete way to think about it. When people understand and use your product enough to recognize it’s value that’s a huge win. But when they begin to share their positive experience with others, when you can replicate the experience with every new user who your existing users tell, then you have product market fit on your hands. And when this occurs something magical happens. All of a sudden your customers become your salespeople.”

Principles of Product Design