Phil Sim

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Making a living in the smallest possible time

It's not always easy to justify the ridiculously stupid hours of trying to operate a startup (or three) so I've fallen in love with these words from Paul Graham.

We take it for granted most of the time, but human life is fairly miraculous. It is also palpably short. You're given this marvellous thing, and then poof, it's taken away…. life commands respect. There are times in most of our lives when the days go by in a blur, and almost everyone has a sense, when this happens, of wasting something precious. As Ben Franklin said, if you love life, don't waste time, because time is what life is made of.

So no, there's nothing particularly grand about making money. That's not what makes startups worth the trouble. What's important about startups is the speed. By compressing the dull but necessary task of making a living into the smallest possible time, you show respect for life, and there is something grand about that.

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5 Responses

  1. walter says:

    There is something quite beautiful about that last sentence.
    (maybe it’s just because it’s 2:24am as I write this)

  2. Kris says:

    I also believe that creating something is more connected to life than being a cog in a giant corporate machine.

  3. Kristine says:

    I’ll savor these thoughts with my second cup of coffee.
    Putting time into looking at other blogs. learning. seeing who I am…share with me your knowledge so I can do what I do best…imagine!

  4. technogeek says:

    Completely agree that time is life. Great post:)

    Joel

  5. Ninaw says:

    “I also believe that creating something is more connected to life than being a cog in a giant corporate machine.”

    It is wonderful thing. I believe it brings out the god aspect inherent within us when we create something.

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