I work 12+ hour days as a programmer at a finance startup in NYC and make a 110k base. What is the best way for me to generate cash on th…

Jag tror alla kan bli entreprenörer. Det här svaret på Quora beskriver en metod (med glimten i ögat). Det är inte enkelt. Det krävs hårt arbete. Men det går.

Självklart kan du inte följa det här rådet rakt av. Du är till exempel inte en framgångsrik programmerare. Men du kan anamma entusiasmen och drivet som du hittar i följande text:

Answer by Christian Pretorius:

Let me just stop for a second and point out how cool this is:
  • You live in New York City.
  • Oh, just a base of 110k… no biggy!
  • You’re a programmer.
  • You get to work in a startup.
.. you might not realize it, but that’s really awesome, but now on to the question:
Today we are going to be making some ”cash on the side”
If you want to follow along at home, you’ll need the following ingredients:
  1. 4 cups of ”People with a Problem”
  2. 1 cup of ”A solution to their Problem”
  3. 4 tbsp of ”A way to tell People with a Problem of A solution to their Problem”
  4. 2 tsp of ”A way to distribute your solution”
  5. 12 fl. oz of ”A way to get paid”
First off we’re going to start by taking our ”People with a Problem” and talking to them. When I say talking, I actually mean asking them questions and listening to what they have to say. Ignoring all solutions they come up with, usually everything that follows the words: ”If only there was…” We’re going to take all of their feedback, boiling it down into the essence of what it is that they really NEED, and not the bullshit they think they want.
Secondly, we’re going to research the interwebs for more on these problems and also look at some of the solutions to this problem that’s out there. You want to be careful of not falling into the age old trap of thinking you need to come up with it from scratch. You want to combine various cool parts of different solutions to come up with what is without a doubt the best solution to this problem. Taking into consideration your skills, experience and knowledge, you want to leverage these to make sure you put in very little effort to maximize the time spent at this step.
Third step is where the fun starts, you want to use all that you’ve learned in steps 1 & 2 and package the core problem and solution in a beautiful way that really highlights it to ”People with a Problem” so that they know that you know how bad their problem really is, and how the world really needs a solution.
Next you’re going to want to get your solution into the hands of ”People with a problem” and make it solve their problems. This is a good time to actually listen to what they have to say and to improve on ”A solution to their Problem” if you hear a lot of the same thing. Don’t take it personally, instead think of it as the results of an experiment. Also, there might be some selling involved here, so remember that people don’t buy logically, they buy emotionally and then logically justify their purchase afterwards. So make sure you stress how much better their lives will be after their problems are gone.
Finally, when the client asks if they can keep your solution, your response is an emphatic YES! While they are very excited, you mention that since this is a trial version, they can get it for US$ X for the next month, but after that it’s going to go up to US$ 3X because of the high demand. Cash is fine, but you’d prefer that they use PayPal, Bitcoin, or just straight into your bank account. This is very important. Make sure that you know how you are going to get paid. Make sure it works. Test it. When they ask to buy, give them the price and details of how to pay, then just wait for them to respond.
Now the only thing left for you to do is to get going! This might seem daunting, but it’s important to remember that as much as we love the end result, it’s the process of getting there that we love the most!

I work 12+ hour days as a programmer at a finance startup in NYC and make a 110k base. What is the best way for me to generate cash on th…

Should I give up on math?

Den här berättelsen är ett svar på frågan – Hur kan jag bli bättre på matte?

Budskapet är att det inte finns personer som är dåliga på matte utan att det handlar om att öva så blir man bättre. Dessutom blir man bättre på mycket annat än matematik. Man kan se det som en träning av hjärnan.

Answer by Ammad Khan:

This was my answer to another question on the topic.
While all the other answers touch base on important points, let me take you through my experience going from a complete dunce at math to gaining substantial expertise on the subject.
Before I start though, let me make one thing clear, those that tell you that math is a subject where either you get it or you don't, where either you're born with the ability or not, have little to NO idea what they're talking about.
50 Days Of Summer
I was never that great at math. Perhaps in elementary school I'd get receive the odd 'A' here and there, but I was mostly in the 'C'-area if anything. Moving on to high school, things didn't get any better. My marks for grade 9, 10, and 11 were 51, 40, and 56 respectively. (The 40 meant I failed and needed to attend summer school where I got a 60-something and was able to move on). My 10th grade teacher told me that math was an "either you get it or you don't" subject. My 11th grade teacher told me he had tried everything, and when I pleaded with him that I still didn't understand anything, he repeated himself more firmly, "I have tried everything I can to help you", and walked away.
That summer, upset and determined, I decided that if I ever expected to make any serious changes in my marks, I needed to take serious action. Until then I tried getting occasional tutoring on the side – wasting my parents' money on tutors that didn't make much of a difference. I decided to change things up. I found a tutor hall downtown (I live in a major city) and went down with my father to have a look. It's simply an area where students go to study and the place is monitored by teachers/tutors. You pay a small fee and sit there and study, and if you need help you can ask one of the tutors to come by and help out briefly.
I started at the beginning of August that summer, took out textbooks from the 9th grade onwards, and worked my way up. I studied non-stop, 8-10 hours a day, 6 days a week (I would take one day off for our family to go out together), for 6 weeks (until school started in mid-September.) This is what they call complete and total immersion. Through these 6 weeks, I was able to completely and fully understand grade 9, 10 and 11 math. I was also able to teach myself (with some assistance of course) calculus, algebra geometry and advanced functions.
Where It Took Me In School
Now, what came of all this? Well here you go.
Grade 12 Advanced Functions 90%
Grade 12 Calculus & Vectors 93%
In my country (Canada), we also have a national competition conducted by the University of Waterloo called the Euclid Mathematics Competition. I decided to partake in it for fun. Turns out, I scored the highest in my school and was one of the top students in the region – hello cool looking medal and certificate! I couldn't believe that I had beat out the students in my school who had received 90s all throughout their high school journeys.
I later got admitted into a top University, took courses in math and astrophysics and found them to be relatively easy (but challenging enough for me to enjoy them).
Where It Took Me In Everyday Life
What those 6 weeks gave me was priceless. I noticed in the everyday that my ability to analyze and rationalize greatly deepened. I was able to calculate numbers and solve math problems in my head at astounding speeds. I noticed I was calmer, cooler in my attitude and very composed – a result most likely of my ability to analyze emotional events and respond rationally and appropriately. My ability to consume and retain information improved, my memory capacity increased, and I was simply "smarter" as a person.
To conclude, I will say that I used to question whether math was useless all the time. When my teacher would talk about finding the slope of a line, I'd wonder to myself "when will I ever use this?" But to paraphrase something a famous teacher said once, how would doing the bench press help you in real life? When would you ever come across a time in the real world when someone meets you in the street, pushes you down and throws a big weighted-bar on you? That's not why you do the bench press. You do it to strengthen your chest muscles, to make them bigger and stronger. In turn, you also indirectly hit your shoulders and triceps. What good is doing repetitive motions daily on your muscle groups? For overall body health, to help you sleep better, feel better, to reduce depression, and to ensure you'll be in shape for anytime life throws ANY form of physical activity your way. By working your muscles out in the gym, you'll vastly improve your capability in sports, sex and other areas of life.
So what is math? Of course there might be few times in life where someone will ask you to find the slope of the tangent of a specific formula. But what you gain from learning these concepts is greater. You gain improved focus, concentration, brain and mental health, and intelligence. You increase your confidence, ability to analyze and rationalize, ability to understand complicated problems and break things down into smaller components. You're able to increase your capacity for learning and gaining new skills faster. You improve memory. Math, in other words, is exercise for the brain.
In Summary, practice practice practice.
Cheers and happy learning.

Should I give up on math?

Bättre engelska – men resten?

I sin avhandling Datorspelande ungdomar skriver bättre engelska redovisar Pia Sundqvist sin undersökning av några förmågor i engelska hos datorspelande ungdomar. Det verkar onekligen som att de som spelat mycket datorspel har lärt sig en del engelska. Konstigt vore det annars. Min tidigare kollega Peter sa att våra teknikelever (många tungt datorspelande) presterar en mycket bra engelska.

Lika självklart som att de lär sig engelska är det att de missar en massa annat i skolarbetet genom att hänga tio timmar om dagen på nätet (skoltid plus fritid). Med Pisas mått lär de sig mindre än dem som surfar lagom mycket. Det måste finnas andra effektivare sätt att lära sig engelska utan att det sker på bekostnad av övrigt skolarbete.

Ge barnen kreativ skärmtid

I krönikan Ge barnen kvalitativ skärmtid ger Erika Hallhagen en fin beskrivning av tonårsförälderns digitala fostransmöder och många fina tips. Jag vill gärna addera några aktivitetsförslag på det digitala området som komplement till det nu så hyllade kodandet. Jag tänker på WordPress som ett sätt att göra hemsidor utan att kunna html men där man sannolikt lär sig den del CSS så småningom. Eller Unity3D dår man eventuellt kodar script till spel men framför allt lär sig ett avancerat verktyg för att göra riktiga spel. Eller Algodoo där man verkligen inte behöver koda men konstruerar de mest makalösa manicker. Eller SketchUp för att casdda och visualisera. Listan på verktyg där du utvecklar och får utlopp för din kreativitet kan göras lång.

Det är helt ok att konsumera film och spel och att fladdra runt i de sociala medierna men än mer utvecklande att ta rodret på sin digitala bildningsresa och och styra ut på den digitala oceanen.

Datorfria dagen

_DSC1873Visst vore det trevligt att fira datorfria dagen. En dag då vi inte rör någon dator, padda, telefon eller spelkonsol. Tänk vad skönt att göra saker tillsammans, vara ute, spela sällskapsspel, läsa böcker, pyssla eller sporta. Tanken är inte ny. Lotta, Jan, Mimmi och andra har skrivit om detta. Dethttp://www.tankesatt.se/datorfria-dagen/ kunde vara värt att införa en nationell datorfri dag. När tycker ni det skulle passa?

Min fru skapar varje år en väggkalender för familjen med bilder från det gångna året. Hon lägger in alla våra bemärkelsedagar och relevanta helger. I underlaget hon använder som bas finns en del dagar som handlarna vill att vi ska fira, exempelvis köttbullens dag. Den firar vi inte men däremot har vi infört stressfria dagen. Detta satte igång tankarna och vi kom fram till att vi måste ha en datorfri dag då och då men för att det verkligen ska bli av skriver vi in det i kalendern. Nu återstår bara att välja dag.

Den kunde även heta skärmfria dagen. Vd tycker ni?

Du som är lärare kan titta på lektionsförslaget Datorfria dagen.

Boktips om studieteknik

Håkan Fleischer har skrivit en bok om studieteknik. Jag har inte läst den men redan det Håkan skriver om boken på sin sida ”Dator i klassrummet kräver medvetenhet om studieteknik” verkar användbart.

Passa även på att läsa ”Mjuka faktorer viktiga i studieteknik”. Det här är något som vi behöver diskutera i mitt kollegium för att göra en satsning på att stärka elevernas motivation och studieteknik. Kanske en lämplig utgångspunkt för en studiedag.

What are the best practices to overcome procrastination?

Det finns två sidor av att få saker gjorda. Dels det du borde göra och dels det du gör istället. Om du gör något annat än det du borde göra kallas det att prokrastinera. Det händer oss alla ibland men om det händer för ofta finns det skäl att ta tag i det. Här kommer några tips i en en enkel steg för steg-beskrivning. Sammanfattningen lyder – Just do it!

Answer by Nicolas Cole:

I wrote a previous post about this: What are some tricks to prevent laziness and procrastination?

…but in the comments people wanted a more definitive answer as to actionable steps, so, here you go:

Best Practices To Overcome Procrastination

1. Define your goal (what you want to accomplish), write it down.

Example: Goal is to draw a nice picture for you living room of 15 ponies.

2. List out what needs to happen in order for that goal to be accomplished.

Example: Actionable steps, draw 1 pony, then another pony, then another pony, until 15 ponies are achieved.

3. Figure out how much time it will take to complete each action step.

Example: Each pony takes 20 minutes to draw (I’m assuming you’re talented at drawing ponies here) so 20 minutes times 15 ponies = Idk figure it out.  (Jk, 5 hours)

4. Look at your daily schedule and ask yourself, ”Do I have time right now to draw X ponies per day?” 

Example: If you know that you work from 9-5 but you have 2 hours from 8-10 where all you do is watch Netflix, then you could trade out that time for pony drawing time, and since we know that it will take you 5 hours to draw all 15 ponies, then 2.5 days of no-Netflix will allow you to accomplish your goal of drawing that beautiful 15 pony portrait you plan to hang on the wall.

5. Remove distractions.

Example: You know that right when you get home from work, you are braindead.  Fine.  You need some time to get the juices flowing!  No problem.  So you make a snack, you watch a little Law and Order, but come 8pm, BOOM, laptop goes under the bed, phone goes in the bathtub (no water—although the close proximity makes for a dramatic effect), and you sit down to work on those damn ponies.  At first, you don’t really want to, but you’ve blocked off this time so….

BUT!  But you COULD just go grab the Netflix.  REALLY!  YOU COULD!

You slap yourself.  No!  NO, JAMES (or Nancy or Phil, whatever your name is).

You force yourself—drawing the legs first, then the tail, beautiful tail…

You start to get into it!  Oh, drawing ponies is fun!

The 2 hours fly by, you love drawing ponies, boom, you got so much accomplished.

You go to bed.

You wake up the next day.  You do the same thing all over again.  2.5 days later, you have drawn all your ponies.  You have avoided procrastination. Congrats.

Pony drawing complete.

TL;DR – Just do it.

P.S. — I feel like what people here are looking for is a list of things they can do, I’m not really sure, I’m puzzled by the simplicity of this.  I suppose some other things you can do to avoid procrastination would be as follows:

-Turn your phone on silent.
-Turn your computer wifi off.
-Tell your friends to leave you alone so you can get work done.
-Close the door to block out the distractions.
-Go somewhere quiet.

I could go on, but really, it’s all distilling down to the same thing…

TL;DR 2 — Just do it.

What are the best practices to overcome procrastination?

What are some things I can learn in minutes?

Ett tips om hur du kan använda musik för att lära bättre. Jag har inte prövat själv men det kostar inget att pröva.

Answer by Mohamed Hesham:

Hack your brain to store huge amounts of information with the least effort & time for an easy A+
A simple yet powerful trick provided by a top-ranking college student:
-Before you start studying, pick a familiar old song you haven't listened to for a long time
-listen to the song for a couple of times. Focus on recalling the lyrics/music. This will help stimulate your brain memory.
-Study for not more than 2-4 hours and take breaks (study smart not study hard)
-After you finish studying, listen to the same song again. (use only one song at a time, don't listen to many different ones )
-For bonus effect: try listening to the song before entering the test.This rewires the brain to retain what you studied earlier.
Here is a list of songs that are a decade old to help you get started:

What are some things I can learn in minutes?