The Third Epiphany

There's important moment in your life: when you realize that your parents are people too. Just like you. It's a scary, and even scarier if you're at least as old as your parents were when they had you. For most people this first epiphany is more than enough. But if you run with it, it's just the first in a series or realizations about life.

And what comes next is even scarier:

It's not just your parents that are people, it's literally everyone else on the planet, too. As Kurt Vonnegut put it, “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.”

This second epiphany might be enough to get you to switch off the part of your brain that thinks about the world. Don't. What comes next is better. Much better.

But rather than explain it myself, here's someone you're more likely to trust:


Lots can be said about Steve Jobs, but it's hard to question that he had figured some stuff out. What he's talking about is the third epiphany: that you've got as much right as anyone else to change the world.

If you have a problem, there's a good chance someone else has it too. If you can find a way to solve that problem, there's a good chance others will pay you for it. The world is full of people just like you. Everyone else is also trying to make sense of the world and figure out their place in it. If you can make that even a little bit easier, you're making a difference.

This is what's so appealing to me about learning how to code. I see problems and challenges and nuisances in my own life that, if I knew how to code, I could fix. If I can solve those problems for myself, there's a good chance that I can make a difference for others. And if I do a good job solving a problem that enough people share, I can actually change the world.

Naively optimistic or not, this is what I hope to get out of Bitmaker Labs.

What could be more exciting than that?