Set yourself a BHAG

Today, a story has appeared on HN which has divided opinion. Gusts Kaksis wrote a blog post with the bold statement that he is going to write his own OS. A lot of people are shaking their heads in disbelief, that this mere web developer could attempt such a thing! Does he know what he is getting himself into? Can he not see just how absurdly ambitions this project is for a PHP and JavaScript developer?

My message to Gusts is sod them.

So what if this is a hugely ambition project. So what if he is being naive about the task ahead of him. So what if it he may never get there. So what.

Gusts has set himself a target. That target may be way out of reach and he will never make it. But at least he has one. And I bet that even if he doesn’t reach it, I bet you that he is going to learn a hell of a lot along the way, which in turn will make him a better programmer .

Good for him, and good luck Gusts.