How can i see the world with fresh eyes?

by code_passion. Posted on Sep 09, 2020    19    49

I’m 17 years old and i want to train my mind to see problems and opportunities more clearly, so how can i do this?


takashi-kovak 1

I would also consider learning by looking back in our history. To extend JadeGrapes's Pro-football, Romans popularized the warrior games as early as 500BC. Warriors were owned by the rich just like today. The successful warriors received amenities such as a house, land, women, slaves etc but other warriors (new or under-performing) had no rights and were pretty working for free (reminds me of try-outs in Hard Knocks). Clearly, this is still true today. The difference is that we don't play till death.

To get started, watch "The Men Who Built America" on History channel. I particularly liked the episode where the supreme court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, owned by Rockefeller, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. I actually understood why the law was enacted in the first place.

leebsman 1

Be curious. Ask questions and try to understand how other people view the world and their problems.

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  code_passion 1

isn’t this book suppose to be about connecting with people i don’t see how this can affect my prespective

thatguyfrom2020 1

Suit yourself.

003E003 1

Travel and get off social media and video games

wizshelifa 1

Are you planning on going to college? So much about me changed when I went. You’re exposed to new information, new ways of thinking, new challenges. That’s your starting point, I’d say!

  code_passion 2

maybe but currently i’m learning lot’s of things on my own. it’s been a year i’m teaching myself programming and sometimes things get really tough cause there are times when you cant find the answer by just googling it this is my priority right now

andante95 2

Unpopular opinion here: if you’re the self motivated type and college doesn’t appeal to you just yet, wait until you know what you want to go for.

I personally feel I wasted a lot of money going to college for a useless degree.

The biggest value, which definitely is valuable, was the networking opportunity. Instead of wasting that money on a full college load, I could have found networking opportunities elsewhere, or I could have taken only 1 course a semester to get access to networking and resources.

Fast forward 13 years later, I’m thinking about going back to school for something I’m passionate about.

It’s okay to wait until you’re sure you know what you want to spend that money on before you go all in. Just make sure you keep generating network and learning opportunities in some way.

As far as programming, I’m a manger in software development industry and, perhaps it is necessary to get a degree to succeed in a fortune 5 company, I wouldn’t know, but in the ordinary companies I’ve worked in, its very common for the top developers to not have a degree. Some dropped out, some didn’t go.

They succeeded because they are very smart self motivated critical thinkers, which is the sort of thing an undergrad degree tends to not teach you (graduate school and above being more about that stuff if you go that route).

If and when you hit a roadblock and can’t learn more, you can decide what education to get then from a more informed place.

  code_passion 1

i totally agree with this unpopular opinion

wizshelifa 2

I’m a software engineer at a FAANG company. Every single person I’ve met in my career has gone to college. I’m not saying it can’t be done without, but just know the odds are not in your favor! Also knowing a language is not the same as engineering, so if you do want this to be a career choice, I would make sure to focus on the data structures, algorithms, operating systems more than the “I can write this basic functionality in <insert language of choice>”

MrPapotasVIP 2

Nice! FAANG is great, inside those, Google offers an incubator. I love Google because of how much they encourage people to become entrepreneurs.

College is a must (in my opinion).

  code_passion 2

I live in iran there is no faang company here unfortunately i might go and work for a startup or come up with my own (thus this is what i really wish to achive) And yes it’s important to know algorithms and so but come on they are boring there are lot’s of thoughts to either learn data structures or not and i’m kinda confused which i must listen to

wizshelifa 1

I mean you seem to have a plan in mind. My two cents is that if you want to go into engineering, you need a strong foundation in data structures and algorithms. Everyone in the world has an opinion and you have to decide who to listen to and who to ignore. There are plenty of people who do web dev without knowledge of computer science. That’s not really engineering, but it can involve some programming. It depends what you want to do.

Based on your response (algorithms are boring), it seems like you’re either not interested in engineering or are trying to find a shortcut or “get rich quick” scheme. I wish you luck!

  code_passion 1

i seriously hate this “get rich quick” stuff and thank you cause this response was a wake up call and made me more certain about learning algorithms and data structures because i had this thought in mind that i learning algorithms is a waste of time and just get me off the schedule
But now im looking forward to it.

It was a pleasure to take a advice from a professional thanks bud

wizshelifa 3

The thing with algorithms, data structures, and operating systems is that these form the foundation of software engineering. A shaky foundation won’t get you too far. You may not use the basics every single day, but they’re super important and everything else sort of builds on this. Anyone can google how to write 10 lines of code in python or JavaScript or whatever to get something “working”. Not everyone can understand systems architecture and do things right.

  code_passion 1

that’s right

misssan 1

Read books on astronomy. Learn about the Universe and how it works.

LordoftheSperm 2

Practice Semen Retention. Everyone who does, after a certain point cannot help but see the world with new eyes.

  code_passion 1

I thought this is bad for health


Not at all, you'd get so much fucking energy you'll become a new man.

Bat_Programmatically 2


LordoftheSperm 3

You laugh, but go check r/sementretention .

b33tjuice 2

Go on Spotify, search “A life worth remembering” album: fearless motivation. Lots of speeches by Tom Bilyeu. It will help you develop and discipline your mindset.

Want to read or listen, checkout the book “Mindset” by Carol Dwek. This book will help in obtaining fresh perspectives. It’s recommended by lots of self-help gurus. Your mindset is one of the biggest things you can influence.

I’m almost 40 and have two teenage girls, one your age. I am constantly asking myself what I wish I knew or wish I learned m. I try my best and teach them self-care through healthy eating, exercise, etc. At the end of the day, all I really want is for them to find happiness and love the heck out of what they do. I support them in whatever they like. I push them to learn about anything they are interred in and things they are not. Id love if nothing more they remain constantly curious about the world around them.

andante95 2

1) Learn about as many different topics as you can, via as many mediums as you can. Books, videos, course, podcasts, talking to the guy on the street corner.

2) Learn about psychology most of all.

3) When you feel you’re stuck and not coming up with new ideas, that means your mind is not cross referencing and connecting data points in a new, unexpected, creative and insightful way. To get out of this, just do/learn about something else for awhile. When you return, you’ll find you magically have more insights.

  code_passion 1

how can i benefit from psychology?

Btw i really liked your comment and thanks for that(saved it), i just couldn’t figure the second part out!

andante95 2

Thank you, I’m glad it helped!

As someone who is extremely introverted and overall more “logical than emotional”, it took me about a decade to truly learn how to talk to anyone, but it’s paid off massively and now people see me as someone with a lot of empathy.

It has turned out when you have empathy, people trust you, and when they trust you, they tell you the things that really matter rather than what they think you want to hear.

Learning about people’s true feelings, how they operate, and what they care most about and why is the key to good market and user research.

Learning about psychology will both allow you to talk to anyone and allow you to find and interpret solutions to real burning pain points. Solutions to pain points is what makes folks take out their wallets.

I hope that helps!

  code_passion 1

yeah dude, win more by solving others problems

peaceandoptimism 2

A very successful entrepreneur once told me to look for what annoys you. If you get annoyed about something other people probably also get annoyed by that same thing. Can you find a solution to stop that annoyance. Then determine if the solution is cost effective. Will people pay the cost to avoid the annoyance. Or in more positive terms, will they pay to enjoy the convenience.

kambling123 2

Stop watching news. Start with podcast and then move to books. That's a good starting point. Avoid things which waste time like rants and debates on twitter and reddit etc.
I think you need to first give your mind some space before it can absorb the information.

  code_passion 2

Oh hate news

nidamo 2

Spend time disconnected from your normal day. Ideally, camping or someplace in nature with no cell service/wifi for a couple days at least. Do simple things and go exploring, learn something new and unrelated to your typical life, etc.

mach_i_nist 2

Check out the YouAreNotSoSmart and Philosophize This podcasts. The first one is all about recognizing and dealing with cognitive bias. The second is a very engaging history of philosophical thought. They are great for shaking the dust off the neurons.

SubjectsNotObjects 8


EYT_on_ICE 1

I didn't try LSD but I tried shrooms once and it really opened my eyes in terms of new business ideas!

terracotta_possum 6

Learn about compound interest. It’s on your side at such a young age. Also, get a job and learn about business principles.

the_sebaster 5

In your age, you have fresh eyes. I think the main problem is, at 17 you merely experienced any (business-related) problems yourself...

MrPapotasVIP 14

Read books

  code_passion 3

can you be more specific, what type?

JoseCFM 2

"The Science of Getting Rich" by Wallace Wattles is the only book you will ever need

MrPapotasVIP 6

Any type of books, develop your creativity. This is why parents and teachers always recommend to pick up some books and get our asses reading.

JadeGrapes 28

I'm in my 40s, & number 2 at a Fintech startup in the Midwest. We help businesses raise money.

My core strength is separating complex systems into bite sized pieces. I think there are a couple key factors to seeing problems "as they are"

  1. Look beyond glamour & hype in everyday things. Something simple like Professional Football is basically a symbolic war between rich people. They add some pageantry, and sell the entertainment product to the masses as "glory and honor" porn.

  2. Make contextual leaps. The wall street stock market is not that different from a county fair. One sells concrete things like lemonade, the other sells abstract things like the right to buy future lemon crops.

  3. Understand human psychology and storytelling tropes to get to the root cause of problems.

    For example, The American medical system isn't a mess just because of capitalist greed, it's because the individual American doesn't "own" their health:

    For some reason, we tie health insurance to employment. This makes workers less portable, because they are medically captive to their employer, in fact the whole family is! Thats weird right? What does that mean when we strip away the glamour & traditions? How does it actually work, who/what is actually to blame?

    In the US, The employer "owns" an FTE individual's productivity. So the employer needs healthy (enough) humans as a resource to run their business. So the employer buys a maintenance plan on the human machines to get them back to functional if they break down. (The employer offers medical insurance).

    So Hospitals and Clinics are paid by insurance companies, not individuals. Only full time workers that are difficult to replace are "worth it" to cover.

    Insurance is a money business, not a therapeutic profession. They collect money regularly (premiums), and pay out money periodically (claims). Collecting premiums and waiting for claims isn't really profitable, so they put the money to work, like a bank does.

    Money is pooled together and invested for a return on the capital. They specialize in paperwork and risk calculations, and banking/ stock broker relationships. Fraud is now possible and profitable from a few angles.

    Insurance does best when wait as long as possible before paying the Hospital. That gives them an extra 2-3 months to get returns on that $10,000 claim. So legal contracts on service levels come into play, now the big Law firms get a piece of the money pie.

    Hospitals must have huge billing departments to handle the appropriate insurance paperwork, and keep pushing until they get paid. They also have room to be fraudulent. They can run up the bill on each individual, getting all the tests and treatments... both to defend against malpractice claims, and to increase their odds of getting paid enough to stay profitable.

    Or from the other side they can save money by cutting corners, by sending people home as hypochondriacs instead of intensive investigation on vague symptoms. The patient may never notice, since the Medical personnel are the only people legally credentialed to determine appropriate medical care.

    So charge codes and insurance approved treatment plans are a thing. Approved medications and treatment protocols are handled by Government agencies... that have to be funded and administered.

    Then of course the individual can also commit fraud, by using someone else's ID card, claiming false injury, or inflating claiming sickness to get drugs for personal use or sale.

    The individual can also get a lawyer to sue the hospital for malpractice, each individual physicians records will be examined and a whole other set of insurance and lawyers are pulled into play.

    So in order to maintain humans as a resource to corporations, the system needs Medical Insurance, Actuarial Math, the Stock Market, Medical professional credentialing, Government Drug Regulation, Malpractice Insurance, Contract Lawyers, Fraud Departments, and Claims processing...

    All because the individual doesn't actually own their own health.
imnathan314 2

your comment made me join this sub.

  code_passion 3

honestly there are lot of information here and i couldn’t handle that well

Thanks for your time man

JadeGrapes 5

No worries, it's deep even for experts. Don't worry about "getting a fresh perspective" worry about "keeping" it.

b33tjuice 2

Thank you, I enjoyed this. Thanks for perspective and insights into breaking things down. I think it’s always easy to point the finger and while not trying to understand the whole or true picture.

daybreakerco 6

wow what a read man, thank you!! 🔥