I applied YC recently and there was one very important question. I think it’s one of the most important questions is in a whole life. It sounds “Please tell us in one or two sentences about the most impressive thing other than this startup that each founder has built or achieved”. Nice, right?
I started to think about this question about two or three years ago. And this question, I think, leads me through last few years of my life. “What stories about yourself are you going to tell your kids? What achievements you want them to remember you for? “
I surrounded by many people who seem never ask this question to themselves. Mostly by programmers in office and classmates from university. It seems that most of these guys are satisfied with about $1k month salary. But where is the adventure? Do they find it when writing code to get money?
One more thing. I think these guys I have mentioned above aren’t self-responsible enough to start at least searching for a path to build something bigger than their current jobs. I don’t want to blame them, but I am just not OK with such situation.
So, you have to understand it that you are the only person who is responsible for your life. It doesn’t mean it will be hard. The opposite actually. You are free to do build your own way by yourself.