HackerNews tends to be a bit of a time-waster for me these days, but, every now and again, I come across something that’s a real gem. This time it happened to be a presentation from Zach Holman.

If I only knew this shit in college

I won’t summarize it so as to not bias your opinion and take-away from the source. But, wow. I don’t think I’ve read something that has hit so close to home in a while.

I’ve been out of school for almost three years now, and I can hardly believe it. I like to think that I’ve learned quite a bit after leaving college, but I know that in comparison to where I could be, much less where other people my age and younger are, I’ve moved next to nowhere. So yes, I’ve grown, but by how much?

I could hypothesize about such a measurement all day, but I don’t really think that’s the point here: the point is that I recognize this and continue to try to achieve newer and greater results. Growth and happiness is by far what I should be concerned about. “Love what you do and make a modest salary.”

When the time comes to move on to the next company, I hope I have the time, resources and ability (probably luck too) to find a company that chooses me for what I’ve done where I can focus on creating something new that’s amazing.