Week 48, 2019 - Relentlessly Resourceful

Paul Graham 在 2009 年的一篇文章1里写道:

I finally got being a good startup founder down to two words: relentlessly resourceful.

在此之前,他一直用 “不要陷于无助(Don’t be hapless)” 来表达这种品质。 无助在这里意味着被动。陷于无助意味着被环境所胁制,服从规则而不是改造世界。

为什么 Paul Graham 选择这两个词?先看一下这两个词的解释:

Relentless: continuing in a determined way without any interruption. Resourceful: able to find and use different ways to help achieve your goals.

我不知道如何翻译 relentless resourceful。但是,仅仅是 continuing 不能够称作为 relentless。 同样地,仅仅是 achieve goals 不能够被称作 resourceful。

Relentless resourceful 表达的是一种不可阻挡的坚持不懈,是一种能够找到并尝试不同方法去解决问题的能力。


In any interesting domain, the difficulties will be novel. Which means you can’t simply plow through them, because you don’t know initially how hard they are; you don’t know whether you’re about to plow through a block of foam or granite. So you have to be resourceful. You have to keep trying new things.

Another interesting piece I found is an email2 written by Linus in 2000:

I happen to believe that not having a kernel debugger forces people to think about their problem on a different level than with a debugger. I think that without a debugger, you don’t get into that mindset where you know how it behaves, and then you fix it from there. Without a debugger, you tend to think about problems another way. You want to understand things on a different level.