Advice to myself 8 years ago

A SIGAVDI correspondent asked:

If you don’t mind me asking, what advice would you give to a 28 year-old Avdi?

My response, for what it’s worth:

I think about this kind of question a lot. I think that at 28, which is only 8 years ago, my rough trajectory had already been set. I’m happy with that trajectory so far, so it’s hard to think of any major adjustments that I would suggest to the 28-year-old me.

I think I would confirm to my younger self that the most important investment that I can make is to earn the gratefulness, trust, goodwill, and love of a broad community of people. And to earn it honestly, by making myself available, valuable, and open.