I found a lot of truth in this essay. Note that Paul Graham is a hacker/programmer, and his essay comes from that point-of-view, but he certainly has a way with words. I like to think that I have followed his advice along the way to where I am, but in some ways I know I haven't. I think I'll make a point of re-reading this off-and-on. I'll also be forwarding this to my niece in high school.