Living a net positive life

  • The case for creating a legacy

    • Given there is no proof of life after death, the only surefire way to become immortal is leaving a footprint of ourselves

  • Compensating for failures with greatness

    • E.g. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart reportedly was kind of a jerk. However, he was able to compensate for this with incredible music that has been amazing people for centuries.

    • Takeaway: As long as you don't have Mozart's talent, better not be a jerk.

  • Leave the world a better place than it would have been without you

    • To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived β€” that is to have succeeded.

      • Bessie Anderson Stanley, Success

    • See also the Boy Scout Rule of Software Engineering