It's easy to bounce from one new idea to the next, exploring your intellectual curiosity. But having an impact requires a decade of moving the ball forward one yard every day, sometimes in a very mundane way, through multi-year ups and downs.
It's easy to get distracted by the latest hot thing...self driving cars, genetic engineering, cryptocurrency! Pick one you're passionate about and buckle down for the long term.
You need to stay sane and have a life outside of work (and breakthroughs often come from play - so indulge some intellectual curiosities), but major impact comes from focused effort over many decades toward a big vision. Don't just be an armchair philosopher or critic.
Oh, and what you produce will almost always fall embarrassingly short of your ambition. Embrace it, and ship anyway, continuing to make improvements along the way where you can. "Great artists ship"
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