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<h1>Your heroes show which way you’re facing</h1>
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	People with many interests often ask my <a href="/advice">advice</a> on which industry or career path they should follow.
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	Years ago, I felt I was just a programmer and entrepreneur.
	Yes sometimes I write a tiny blog post sharing what I’ve learned, but that’s just something on the side.
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	But something never felt quite right about this.
	I spend most of my time writing, very little time programming, and <a href="/expire">hadn’t started a business in years</a>.
	Still, I kept saying I was a programmer and entrepreneur, and felt I should really spend more time doing it.
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	But everything changed when I asked myself a question:
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	“Who are my heroes?”
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	I thought, wrote them down, then realized they were all <strong>authors</strong>!
	Basically, <a href="/book">look at my list of favorite books</a>, and there are my heroes.
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	The people I look up to the most…
	The people I’d most like to meet…
	The people I’d most like to emulate are not entrepreneurs, and not programmers — just writers.
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	So, that day, I realized I actually want to be a writer.
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	I re-arranged my hierarchy of interests.
	Yes I enjoy programming, and yes I’ll probably start another business.
	But really my main love and top priority is writing.
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	How about you?
	Who are your heroes?
	Does that help you see which way you’re actually facing?
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