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Steve Krouse is currently working at Coding Space in New York City. Previously Looker, Penn, First Round Capital and Dorm Room Fund Philly.

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Be a quitter

by Steve Krouse

I was becoming an expert in the wrong field

Though it was hard to wrap my head around it at the time, there was only one thing left to do:


I decided to leave the sport of rowing

to wholly pursue a study of computer science. This one decision led to the most transformative year of my life. However, it was also one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made

I was letting down my coach and team

By walking away from rowing, I was letting down everyone who made me a better rower over the past 5 years. As a rower, I had a real shot at becoming great.

Unfortunately, rowing was the wrong discipline for me.

Though it’s always painful, quitting is often a stepping stone to mastery. I had spent too much time of my life – nearly twenty-four hours every week for two years straight – to simply walk away.

The more time I spent programming

the more it became apparent that each moment I spent rowing was simply putting-off my next 10,000 hours – not bringing me any closer to finishing my old ones.

Winning the Olympics wouldn't make me happy.

I pictured myself accomplishing all that is possible in the sport of rowing.

I've spent my newly found time learning how computers work

from Assembly to Java, and Python to Coffeescript. Rowing used to take 23 hours of my time each week. Now, I spend between 30 to 40 hours each week becoming a better programmer

Think hard about where you invest your time

Have you found your field or are you still looking?

And if you think you’ve found it

what is keeping you from dropping everything and diving all in? There are only so many hours in a lifetime that can add up to 10,000. So, be a quitter.

The world is begging for your excellence.

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