Ryan's Open Road
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Whatever you're interested in, find where the people are who are talking about that in a serious way and go and participate in it and you'll learn really fast. Now you know the level you need to be at-it's exactly the one that you see right there.
- As a kid, he always had a vision of sitting behind a desk at his own company; this kicked off a lifelong love of entrepreneurship.
- At age 9, he organized a street carnival on his block with some inspiration from a Jerry Lewis telethon.
- At age 10, he learned computer programming and started making his own video games, then started studying machine language.
- He's always been open to opportunities to build new skills-his openness gave him faith in the Web, while all of his peers were writing it off as a "fad."
- By 25, he'd started his own computer company, and by 31, he'd sold it for millions and was off to find his next adventure.
- He moved to Los Angeles and tried to enjoy his success, but he still felt unsatisfied.
- Realized his ultimate satisfaction would come from using his software development skills for the greater good-this led to him starting Causecast.
- Says the best thing you can learn from computer programming is that nothing works perfectly on the first try-you have to accept failure and work to fix it.