This is a true personal story that happened with me 24 years ago
It was the summer of 1994
I had just finished high school and unlike many kids my age, I was a complete Math-junkie!
I loved it so much I went home after the exam only to solve more math problems (true story by the way)
Not just that, math was pretty much my summer activity.
One weekend morning, I was doing what I enjoy
I drew a timeline, put together a hypothetical equation and started solving it, again for fun
Crazy … I know!
A few hours later, I found myself coming up with a mathematical theory!
I still remember how I bounced up the bed in complete thrill …
I said to myself, that’s it! I’m going to be famous .. I’m going to be rich!
Even before I go to college!
I couldn’t even wait to tell my parents so I rushed to my dad who had just woken up and told him
He’s not a mathematician, but he still got the idea that I came up with a breakthrough of some sort…
So he advised me to call his friend, who happened to be the Chair of Mathematics program at the University I later studied at
It was early morning on a weekend, but who cares? I’ve got to tell him and see what he says
I called him .. explained to him what I found
I still remember his deep voice ringing in my ear as he was saying:
“It’s great that you were thinking in the right direction, but this theory was already done by Newton back in the 17th century!”
Crushed my dreams … but I was a big boy .. or so I was telling myself to be
Fast forward 24 years later
I learned a lesson not to reinvent the wheel……
Anytime I can get my hands on a DFY solution that is proven to work, I take it
Will you do the smart thing and snatch it before the price goes up?
Or would you rather spend months and years figuring it out on your own?
Don’t be me when I was 18 and stupid!