Abhinav Marwaha

Ramblings on the world.

20 July 2020

The Counter-Intuitive End Goal

People generally think about the future, what they want to do? But the thing is, it may be futile to do so.

Most science was made by people who never thought about the intrinsic value of doing things, they just did it because they were just highly interested in it. In science, you never know what will be the actual return of investment or there will be any for that matter.

The only thing we know for sure is that we are bad at predicting the future. So how can we be sure that the decisions we are making now, will be fruitful in the future? The answer seems to be, we can't know.

So by that logic, the mere thinking about the future is a futile activity. But there are so many people that are paid just to do that, weather forecasters, stock market analysis, etc.

We are now able to predict weather better than we could have ever been. It seems that we have developed the tools to do so but have we developed the tools to predict the future in terms of "professional" decisions?

The world is changing fast, the jobs that never existed before will emerge, and having a plan fixed for a dynamic world doesn't seem to be a good plan.

But you have to choose a general path.

In this sense, the Indian Education System is quite apt till 10th, you have a pretty general idea of the different domains of the world but being exam-focused doesn't really promise that but that's for another time.

But why do we think about the End Goal? While growing up everybody asks about what are you doing and what are you gonna do?

That is actually used for icebreaking and starting conversations and sometimes just to give random advice on random topics.

That often creates pressure that can lead to bad decisions.

If we don't know what the options of tomorrow are, maybe we should just increase the options of today, so I guess work on things that increases your options.

For eg If someone wants to be a game developer / ethical hacker, s/he should probably pick up CSE as it broadens the domain.

But how do you actually know that this field is broader than the other?

I mean computer science has emerged from electronics but the layer of abstraction has caused the two disciples to be far away.

So what's the limit?

I guess if you are making stuff and things don't make sense anymore, you should dig deeper. Layer of abstractions help to make stuff faster, if they are slowing you down, they must be broken.


Most great opportunities often lay hidden as they are not quite famous. And hidden opportunities often turn up when you are exploring certain areas that you shouldn't be, in a traditional sense.

Value comes from scarcity

If you are doing what everybody else is doing, well that's just abundance, and your ability to provide value decreases.

Competition is for losers - Peter Theil

Intensity Vs Time

If you have an interest in something, then only you can concentrate, and often intensity is more of a factor than time.


Asking stupid questions often lead to interesting answers and often it turns out asking the right questions is more important then answering the questions correctly.

Side Projects

Learn something, build something and only by building you get to know the stuff from inside.

TLDR: explore and don't settle and have fun!!

Curiosity Not shallow and broad But deep and narrow

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