For the next year or two, whatever you do, you should be sorting your experiences into two piles: One for all the times you get a little bit high — and I’m speaking here about emotional highs — loving what you’re doing. (Not loving what you’re toking — that’s a different thing.) So, one pile for all the experiences that thrilled you a little. And the other pile for all the things that didn’t quite work. So a year or so from now, you’ll have a more and more defined notion of where your pleasures are … and aren’t.
Those piles will keep getting more and more specific, and there’s a lesson in that. After a while, when someone invites you to do a job, you will have a tangible feeling, “Yeah, that’s the kind of thing I like.” Or, and this is far more important, “No, that’s the kind of thing I don’t like,” and you’ll know when to beg off and walk the other way. This is a do-it-yourself way to get a little luckier and to avoid making stupid mistakes.
Here’s a law school paper that breaks down the legal ramifications of every line of the second verse of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”. Now I kind of want to go to law school. (Via @dangerguerrero)