Brayden Haws

October 6, 2021

Inventing On Principles

"If your guiding principle embodies a specific insight, it will guide you, and you'll always know if what you're doing is right...

There are many ways to live your life. That's maybe the most important thing to realize in your life, that every aspect of your life is a choice. There are default choices. You can choose to sleepwalk through your life, and accept the path that is laid out for you. You can choose to accept the world as it is. But you don't have to. If there's something in the world that you feel is a wrong, and you have a vision for what a better world could be, you can find your guiding principle, and you can fight for a cause."       -Bret Victor

This was not what I expected to hear in a talk from a computer science conference. But Bret Victor delivered a master class on how having a principle that guides your life will lead you to start the right projects and solve hard problems like only you can.

I believe I first heard about this talk on a podcast where Stewart Butterfield was talking about things that inspired him to start what would become Flickr and later Slack.

It's an hour worth investing and you will walk away with a challenge to ponder what your own principles are and what they will lead you to do.

About Brayden Haws

Healthcare guy turned tech wannabe. Doing product stuff at Grow. Building Utah Product Guild⚒️. Constantly tinkering on my 🛻. Occasionally writing poor takes on product strategy and technology⬇️.

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