Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Google Story

I'm listening to a book on my MP3 player called The Google Story. I am fascinated by this book. Google got its name from the number googol which is a 1 followed by a hundred zeros. When they were brainstorming names for the website, someone suggested googol but the word was mis-spelled when it was written - Google. The name stuck.
The book is more about two guys that wanted to have the best Search Engine on the web. They worked to perfect it first without regard to making money and in the process, they both have become very wealthy. I believe that had they set out to make money first, the result would not have been the quality of service we have.
If you have never had a chance to check out Google Earth, do yourself a favor. You can go to Google and on the page click More and then go to Maps and type in and address. I think you will be impressed with the results.
What strikes me is the notion of pursuing your dream, doing work that you love. When you do work you love, its not really like work. When you work, you are "in the moment" and you never watch the clock.
For kids starting out, I highly recommend that you give a lot of time thinking about what fascinates you, what you are passionate about.... what you love doing. Then do that work...the money will follow.

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