I stumbled across a talk for a high schoolers by Paul Graham from 2005. He never actually gave it, because the school authorities vetoed the plan to invite him. Whoops!


Don’t know who Paul is? In 2005 he and Jessica Livingston, Robert Morris, and Trevor Blackwell started Y Combinator, the first of a new type of startup incubator. Since 2005 Y Combinator has funded over 1000 startups, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit. ???


What stuck out for me? His idea that passion is a bad word for curiosity. As in ‘following your passion’ advice for high schoolers. They don’t know what that is. Hell, many adults don’t know either.


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