Not very much off-topic for entrepreneurship blog but just wanted to throw some light on work of – “Con Kolivas“.He should be well known for guys following Linux development, for others ….
This guy is a doctor in Australia with no professional training in computers, still he got interested in Linux Kernel.
I used to see his emails on kernel mailing list and kind of laugh on this newbie questions about poor performance of his desktop and started ignoring them later. It shocked me big time, when he proposed modifications to the Process Scheduler (the core of the kernel) and later wrote an entirely new scheduler called RSDL.
I went back and started reading his emails … It was a lerning point for me to see how he asked questions and gave no attention to hackers who started calling him a kid and or saying “he doesn’t know a thing ’bout hacking”. He was a good and steady learner, got some help and wrote code better than a poem.
What i learnt – You should always try and question *_why_* you can’t achieve what you aim. What rationale, logic, fact or fiction or mith stops you.
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Occasionally it helps to put ourselves on `pauseâ€™ mode in life, reflect and listen deeply to our inner voices. Thatâ€™s how we trace our *Life Script*, that leads to track down our true calling. Sure itâ€™s fraught with a venture risk besides loss of rhythm (and revenue), but I havenâ€™t heard of another better way of liberating ourselves from the drudgery of seemingly risk-free routine, which it hardly is. Thereâ€™s no safety in passivity either.
Each of us comes into life with a calling and the journey of life is to discover that. At some time certain incidents lead to it. Ella Fitzgerald was a dancer and changed to start singing. And there are many more like herâ€¦
Louis De Broglie got his Ph.D in Physics for a 14 page thesis. He was a historian and then studied science to become a scientist. He observed his brother’s experiments and came up with the wave particle equivalence theory. Amazing isn’t it what keen observation lends.
I’ve used this as a backdrop to always avoiding pre-judging people by qualifications especially smart ones.
Very well said!