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David Wen
Entrepreneur, software developer, management consultant. He always does an extra pushup for his friend Andrew.
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Curiosity and utility

Curiosity is an interesting thing.  The purpose of it is purely to understand, and not necessarily make anything of the information gained.  Utility, on the other hand, is only interested in making information useful, and any information that serves another purpose is not worth having.

I chose to make the intersection of the two as my headline quote in Dev Bootcamp’s recent blog post about me.  I also chose the photo of me and a kitty in Cambodia named Bella.  She was both curious (as cats are) and useful (she made all the hotel guests happy and I’m sure they all gave the hotel stellar reviews because of her).

Curiosity and utility can sometimes be on the opposite ends of a tug-of-war.  Too much curiosity and you don’t make any money.  Too much utility and you don’t have fun.  Too much balance and you have a boring tug-of-war.  That’s why it’s fun to sometimes ride the highs and lows of curiosity and utility.  If you ride them like you ride sin and cosine waves, you will make a pretty graph (not to mention intersecting every pi!).

I’d like to say that my purpose in life is to leave behind a positive legacy (a pretty graph).  I’m happy to be sharing the ride and I’m thankful for Dev Bootcamp for sharing the story!  Please let me know what you think of it!

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David Wen
Entrepreneur, software developer, management consultant. He made his own alarm system for his room.