What problem to solve?

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first sharpening the axe” – Abraham Lincoln

You’ve problably heard this quote before. The premise is that whenever approaching a problem it’s important to spend a considerable time figuring out how to approach the problem. Today I want to take a step back and consider the problems that we decide to solve.

After graduating from college in May I thought a lot about the types of problems that I want to work on. What problem could I dedicate the next 10-15 years of my life? I think I heard this from Marco Zappacosta (co-founder of Thumbtack) the first time I met him. In any case, I think it’s a hard question to answer because there are so many interesting things that one can work on (way more than I could ever manage in a lifetime). This means that we have to make decisions and choose something. Again the problem with this is that it can put a lot of pressure on yourself to figure things out when in reality it’s ok if you haven’t figured everything out.

Having said so, I think that this is particularly important so I’ve dedicated a lot of time to think about what I want to work on for next 10-15 years of my life and I think that I’ve made a decision. I want to dedicate the next 10-15 years of my life to build tools that help people become the best version of themselves. This is a broad statement but what I mean by it is that I want to work on the self-help space to see if we can build a tool/platform that scales to tens of millions of individuals to help them figure out what they want to accomplish in life and how can they get there.

I decided to focus on this because it’s what I think about 24/7. How can I become the best version of myself? How can I make sure i work on the things that matter the most to me? I think that technology can help us answer many of those questions and help us navigate life.

Furthermore, I want to work on this area because I think it’s important and no one else is really paying attention to it. In 2018 self-help is definitely not a thing in the technology space. If anything it’s dismissed as frivolous and intellectually shallow.

In any case, I am always open to change and opportunities but I do think that I will see this one all the way through. See you in 10-15 years I guess(: