Paul Graham Vs Albert Einstein

October 12, 2013 12:51 am

Paul Graham:

“Empirically, the way to do really big things seems to be to start with deceptively small things. Want to dominate microcomputer software? Start by writing a Basic interpreter for a machine with a few thousand users. Want to make the universal web site? Start by building a site for Harvard undergrads to stalk one another.

Empirically, it’s not just for other people that you need to start small. You need to for your own sake. Neither Bill Gates nor Mark Zuckerberg knew at first how big their companies were going to get. All they knew was that they were onto something. Maybe it’s a bad idea to have really big ambitions initially, because the bigger your ambition, the longer it’s going to take, and the further you project into the future, the more likely you’ll get it wrong.”

Summary: Find the tiny thing that turns into the giant idea. Find the dinosaur egg (Source)

Albert Einstein:

“One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.” —Albert Einstein (Source)

‘Building a site for Harvard undergrads to stalk one another’ does not fit Einstein’s description, obviously.

Maybe research and business are two different things, after all?

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