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Reid Hoffman, the founder of Linkedin, famously pointed out that, "If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late."

Author Austin Kleon says the same applies to writing:

"There’s an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing." - Austin Kleon

I would take this mentality a step further, and venture to say that most successful, ambitious professionals will take steps outside their comfort zone faster than those who are merely average. So, before you spend another month learning, how can you start actually doing?

"Software engineers aren’t builders. Software engineers are creators. Building is what you do when you buy a piece of furniture from Ikea and get it home...Creating is a different process, it’s birthing something without direction or instruction." 👏👏👏
I've seen a number of early stage startups touring the benefits of their "AI-powered" software only to be severely disappointed when I dig in to learn more. Machine Learning is a buzz phrase that attracts investors and customers, so learn to spot the real applications from the snake oil.
It's getting easier to work remote these days, plus "surging costs and inequality in [large coastal cities] may be shaping the beginnings of a shift in talent to other parts of the country."
"The spike in 2018 funding means that the money put into female-founded startups represented 18% of the total venture capital invested last year, up from the typical 12% to 14% range seen since 2013."
"Automation doesn’t just affect millions of factory workers and truck drivers. Bookkeepers, journalists, retail and food service workers, office clerks, call center employees and even teachers also face the threat of being replaced by machines."
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