Stop asking for advice.
Stop asking for advice - especially if you won’t use it.
90% of advice asked for ends up being productive procrastination - it feels like progress but doesn’t actually change anything. You’re not really asking for advice, you’re asking for:
The list goes on. In very few situations will a person give you what you seek, so you keep searching. Asking around feels useful, but if you don’t act on it, you’re just wasting the time of someone you respect.
⚠️ If what you are really asking is ‘is my idea stupid’, “good” advice might dissuade you from ever trying. Lots of ideas sound stupid before the world steps in with a surprise:
- “I’ll chug wine and cook poorly, then post a video of it on the internet” → My Drunk Kitchen had millions of subscribers & hundreds of millions of views.
- “I will put water in a can, then pretend it’s beer and make it expensive” → Liquid Death, valued at >$500 MILLION in Jan 2022 .*
Even if you get advice that seems relevant and you can act on, can you really trust it? If you ask someone for advice, they’ll almost always give you something. Rarely will people decline the opportunity to share their opinion. With that in mind, attempt to audit it.
The most dangerous advice will seem good, but send you in the wrong direction. Be careful out there.
Instead of asking for advice, just “grab a shitty rod and start fishing” . Taking action is often the easiest way to invalidate whatever questions you had and bring out a whole host of new ones. Easy to say, much harder to do. “Change” is a scary word and makes taking the first step difficult, so reframe it as an experiment . Give it a shot, and if it goes poorly, it doesn’t matter - it was just an experiment 🧪😉.
The simple steps I would follow if I got to re-do my college CS program.
You don’t have to be a software developer writing code to break into working at a tech company.
Widely useful skills & tools you will be asked to use in your career.