There’s no way to get around making lots of mistakes in life and I am certainly no exception to that. While not quite a graduation speech, I am still going to attempt to recycle said mistakes for more than they’re worth and provide some advice to my younger self. Maybe you’ll just learn something useful too! Or better yet, you can leave a comment and give me some more advice I’m missing.
The most harrowing months of my work career were no doubt in the first half of 2018 in the run up to the legally required implementation date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union. The product requirements changed if you sneezed at the wrong time, there was no room for error, and the launch date was immovable. There was a lot of work to do with too little time in which to accomplish it and many of our product testers were located in India, meaning that one of us frequently needed to be available at odd hours to help unblock them.
General life strategy One undercurrent to all the following…let’s call them alternative elements of my life is that I do my research in so many aspects of my life. For some activities this can be detrimental: I had to fight back my urge to spend several minutes looking up restaurant reviews when the correct course of action was to wander NYC’s K-Town and pick any of the amazing restaurants. For so much of the rest of my life though I will spend a nearly limitless amount of time digging into what the best kind of oil is to use to reseason my cast iron pans (flaxseed, but make sure it’s 100% pure), what static-site generator I should use to build my blog (hugo), or what the current best pair of IEMs can be bought with ~$40-80 (which changes at no more slowly than every 6 months).