How to Do Great Work (Literature Notes)

I read How to do great work by Paul Graham. It’s a collection of advice I’ve heard from various places. It sounds wise but it’s impossible to disprove. It leaves the practical parts of applying it to the real world up to the reader. Still, I find myself agreeing with pretty much all of it and it took me a very long time to learn these lessons.

I’ve written about many similar themes before. Default optimism is rational and so is techno-optimism. Why it’s important to build an initial product a small group of users love. Being obsessed with what you are building is a competitive advantage. Doing the hard thing perfectly that no one wants to do. And of course, the source of so much of this line of reasoning—Richard Hamming and his lecture You and Your Research.