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Fashionable Problems, Hacker News


Fashionable ProblemsDecember 2019

I’ve seen a similar pattern in many different fields: even though lots of people have worked hard in the field, only a small fraction of the space of possibilities has been explored, because they’ve all worked on similar things.

Even the smartest, most imaginative people are surprisingly conservative when deciding what to work on. People who would never dream of being fashionable in any other way get sucked into working on fashionable problems.

multiplied)by its enormous surface area.

The best protection against getting drawn into working on the same things as everyone else may be to

genuinely lovewhat you’re doing. Then you’ll continue to work on it even if you make the same mistake as other people and think that it’s too marginal to matter.

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