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Rejected from YC

It's not quite fair to write a post full of optimism and entitlement and then not follow up on it when I'm proven to be wrong. So here it goes: we didn't get an interview with Y Combinator.

I still think we're exactly what they're looking for, whether our application accurately conveyed that or not, but the fact is that we got the rejection letter today. I wasn't quite sure we'd make it past the interview round, but I never really considered that we may not get an interview.

Surprised as I am, there's no point in dwelling on the outcome, so this is the last you'll hear me mention YC until we become a company they wish they invested in, at which point I may or may not reserve a sentence to gloat.

Using Past Regrets To Make Less Present Ones

On Huan M. Nguyen

We all have regrets and things we wish had changed. And, of course, we've all heard that advice to let go of regret, or live fully, live without regrets. But how?

That disconnect is what I'm looking to write about right now.

The biggest thing I've found is that remembering past regrets intensely is the cure for inaction in the present. By that, I mean write down those regrets, and in vivid detail to make sure you remember the emotions, not just the events.

For example, if you failed a class: I failed this class. This sucks. I thought I would've done much better, was confident about it. I put in hours and hours of work and studying to understand the material and pass the tests, but it still came out to an F.

Now, whenever you feel like skipping a current class or homework, read that and remember how that regret felt. Chances are, that'll help. I know positivity is something harped about on this blog, but you can forgo it in that writing; the point is to remind you of how bad you felt about that regret.

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