Facing the question
I love how brutal this question is. Just cuts right to the point and doesn't screw around
at all. Being that I aspire to make a difference this question seemed to be very important
to answer. Here are my preliminary thoughts on it:
I'm thinking that it's highly likely the best work I could be doing involves trying to
create a paradigm shift when it comes to UI/UX and the visualization of information.
The other thing is perhaps related to this time management and procrastination helper
tool I have been thinking about lately. I feel as though the power that has to help people
by letting them regain control of their web browsing time could have a huge benefit to
There is some good stuff in operations research, but I have been out of that field for a while.
I can see a lot of value in bringing some of the leading knowledge to a wider audience and using
the information for the good of everyone. Specifically I think that many people have difficulty
with scheduling and logistics , there's a lot of potential to make software that leverages
the algorithms from operations research to help people with their practical problems.
Right now that expertise is not particularly accessible, making it more accessible would be
I have been trying to get started on the UI/UX thing and also the time management application,
I honestly haven't been doing much with operations research since I left Melbourne although
I do think I will return to that at some point.
Basically the biggest problem I have had lately is a combination of being time poor and
not having the requisite skills to implement what I want. Also there's been a fair amount
of just having to survive, getting good work done when you are struggling with life issues
like having to move house is pretty much impossible. There's a tremendous number of
talented people out there who are struggling to self actualize due to adverse life circumstances.
If you are one of those people, my heart goes out to you, I never realized how difficult
it was until last year.
The requisite skills part I do my best to work on whenever I can because I know there's a lot
more I need to learn.
Keeping up the habit of trying to learn as much as I can whenever I can has helped a lot,
as long as I can keep enough free time and energy aside for this I imagine I will be ok.
I'm working on learning the skills required for the main projects via working on some smaller
projects like the billiards simulator and the footbag website. That way I can hopefully
get work towards a tangible goal in the form of a final product and also get some motivation
from having a final product in mind.
I certainly could be doing better though and I think this quote really forces me to stare
that in the face which is a really good thing. Complacency really is the enemy of high
quality work and I certainly know it. I realize that I'm more ready to face this type of question
these days, previously I might have avoided it for a variety of reasons. The simple fact
of the matter is that I will die some day and that if I just keep avoiding what's important
I will gaurantee that I miss my opportunity to leave a positive legacy for the world.
Life certainly is too short to make excuses for not making the best effort.