Self-made Millionaire, Bestseller, creator of Ruby on Rails, he’s been called the Hottest Hacker on Earth and has just given us an awesome interview. That’s what we like to call a kickass move, because after all, Gulf Elite is all about getting the most breathtaking people to share words of advice with you and let you get a handle of the ins and outs of what it takes to make it big in life.
Gulf Elite prides itself to be from millenials to millenials, and in that fashion we thought it best to let our readers and followers ask the questions, and have the chance to ask our interviewees what they really are interested in.
Let the show begin!
1. If you had to describe yourself, how would you go about it?
I’m in it for the long run on all accounts, work, play, and family. But not as an excuse to live a deferred lifestyle full of unhealthy sprints and death marches. Rather, it’s the realization that all these areas of life are marathons. Set a sustainable pace and enjoy every kilometer of the run.
2. Ruby on Rails has been a hit and a game changer in the tech world, what motivated you to start such a project?
Selfishness! I wanted Ruby on Rails to make my own work better and more enjoyable. I’d been working with technical platforms that I didn’t love, and I just couldn’t see myself doing that for much longer. So when I found Ruby, it just clicked. Rails was a natural follow from that match. Rails was how I applied my love of Ruby to the work I do every day.
Releasing it as open source came as a very natural consequence of using open source software in general. I had benefitted so much from other open source projects that it felt wrong to keep Rails to myself, now that I had something that I could give back
3. Did you expect Ruby on Rails to have such wide applications as it has today?
I didn’t expect just how far we got, but I did expect waves. Ruby on Rails had such a profound influence on my work, and the enjoyment of that work, that I knew it would probably impact others in the same way. The way I work and what I enjoy in a platform is not unique. There are hundreds of thousands of programmers just like me.
4. What motivates you in life?
Growing at a sustainable pace. The marvel of compound achievements.
5. What drove you towards motorsports?
Outside of programming, motorsports is the easiest pathway I’ve found to tap into the happiness of flow. That mental state where you lose track of time and place and just enjoy the activity. There’s nothing like going 200mph to focus your attention solely to the task at hand. Nothing about what you’re going to do tomorrow, who you have to get back to on email, or any other distractions. Pure focus, pure bliss.
6. What’s your recipe for success in the entrepreneurial world?
Find a way to win without banking on a home run. Home runs are exceedingly rare, but so what? Set your sights on the achievable. Instead of trying to aim for a billion dollars, how about just reaching for that one million first? I can tell you from experience that the difference in happiness between being comfortable enough not to have to look at the price on a gallon of milk and affording the fanciest flights of luxury is tiny.
7. What advice do you have for young people looking up to you?
Adopt or develop a philosophy of life before it’s too late.
8. Did you face serious challenges in life? How do you overcome obstacles?
I think I’ve had a very smooth ride, all things considered.
9. What do you have to say to people who claim success is a matter of luck?
Good timing is involved in most success stories. But it’s very rare that I’ve met anyone who’s built something from nothing where it was all down to timing. Being good, being right is a necessity. It doesn’t mean either of those things is a guarantee of success, but the opposite is almost always true.
That’s how we like it in Gulf Elite, quick, sharp and to the point. No peddling around, no BS. DHH is one of the most fascinating people we’ve interviewed because of his approach to life. He sets himself a goal, and sets sail to achieve it. He knows what he has to do and how to do it, and he doesn’t waste time screwing around. David in a sense is a winner by nature, always going for the clear cut rather than the messy path. Have priorities, have goals and have plans. The rest will be history!