Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced “The Hacker Way” in a letter to investors:
The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it – often in the face of people who say it’s impossible or are content with the status quo. Instead of debating for days whether a new idea is possible or what the best way to build something is, hackers would rather just prototype something and see what works.
I think most of us more or less have a hacker’s mindset – moving around obstacles and taking the quickest path to reach our destination. We run with our full strength while others are walking on the road. We drive round the back streets to avoid the traffic in the main roads. We try to please everyone around us even they have conflicted interests. In work, how many times had we worked around the clock under pressure and lost ourselves in completing those projects before the dead lines? We break the rules to get a job done in time and cover up afterwards to avoid any troubles. We comfort people that everything is fine although we know there are some problems. We didn’t lie; they just didn’t ask for the whole truth.
We replace our traditional mindset in doing things with a more flexible one due to the rapid changing of everything. However, I would say this agile attitude is built-in in our instinct. Without being taught, this is our philosophy to survive. We learn from failures to get the knowledge and wisdom to bend, throw out or rewrite the rules and make them better one day. We work harder and faster so that we can achieve more and sustain a secured income.
We all dream of adding time to our lives, but an extra day is just another day caught up on our to-do list. We spend time to save time. But there will never be enough time for us to clean up our backlog. Why not just leave those issues to the daily joy of problem solving, and uses the gift of extra time for excursions into novelty?
Independent of your stage in life or level of accomplishment, you can take time for what is important to you. Consciously spend time alone or with others. Be intentional in your actions for one day. You’ll learn much more about yourself. Time can be a priceless gift. A spark of inspiration can arrive in a second. You can give a smile, or receive one, in a second. So, first use that extra second, then use the other thousands of seconds that you have today to focus on what your priorities really are. Take today and think great thoughts – or even better, do something really great.