How to Do What You Love

Paul Gra­ham, he of Y Com­bin­at­or fame, offers up some learned and insight­ful advice on how to do what you love.

What you should not do […] is worry about the opin­ion of any­one bey­ond your friends. You should­n’t worry about prestige. Prestige is the opin­ion of the rest of the world. When you can ask the opin­ions of people whose judge­ment you respect, what does it add to con­sider the opin­ions of people you don’t even know?

This is easy advice to give. It’s hard to fol­low, espe­cially when you’re young. Prestige is like a power­ful mag­net that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like.

via Link Banana