I’m good at the latter two things, but I only do them because I want to have impact.
They were all photos of the earth that astronauts had been taking, since the Apollo program.
Digitizing slides and attaching their metadata, especially in the days before good open source relational databases existed, was a sloooow process.
But nobody really noticed. It was such new tech that everyone was just REALLY impressed that it actually (occasionally) worked.
Then a few months later the professor who ran the lab forwarded me an email she’d gotten from a colleague in Brazil.
The later one, though, showed clear, long scars, like claw marks through the forest, where loggers had clear-cut.
So big that they were visible from space.
I switched majors to computer science and haven’t looked back.
And yes - they CAN. But they don’t, always.
I read a few at various points in my life & always sorta rolled my eyes at the idea that anything in the universe was looking out for me.
“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”
Just don’t expect it to actually, uh, manifest the way you expect.
As it turns out, people are about as lucky as they think they are. And increasing how lucky they think they are ACTUALLY makes them luckier.
Collectively, the outcome of those microdecisions changes - when your ideas about yourself change.
And like a djinni who grants you a wish - the more specific you can be, the higher the chance that your microdecisions will add up to what you wanted.
We should have been more specific.
Stop “changing the world.”
Start “making the world better.”