It is the only variable I can control in my life.
Of all the great people I have met, diligence followed by honesty have been their most memorable and admirable traits.
You can have a great work ethic and ask existential questions too.
I try not to ask existential questions it seems to only lead down the road of deppression and nihilism. I work hard, because it seems to be one of the only things that makes me satisfied. Video games, tv, etc. may be pleasurable in the moment, but it is definitely not satisfying for my own life.
Personally, I'd like to contribute something that's just good in quality. The world has so many poor quality "MVP" products and solutions out there, I'd like to do something solid. Of course, it requires much more work than the hacked together MVP approach - hence the requirement to work hard.
I don't want a product that just "succeeds" (in monetary terms). I want to make something that is not of questionable/poor quality. I guess it's about the difference between a craftsman and a businessman. Businessmen are happy selling poor quality products to customers, as long as the hit to reputation does not endanger their profits. Craftsmen won't be happy doing it, even if they can get away with it.
And I get the fact that, if you're making a product that's never been done before, then MVP releases are partly about market research. Not all software is innovative though, and often you just want to produce a good contender on the market that's already established (say, like the Sublime Editor). In such case, there's no need for the MVP approach.
The fact of the matter is that there's tons of successful products, that are way past their MVP phase, which never stopped sucking from technical standpoint. Heck, I'm watching Netflix on its Windows app right now, and the app has serious issues.
Nature works with MVPs, that's why you have fingers on your feet and an appendix that has a tendency to inflame.
Perhaps by the time your solid, perfect solution is out, society will have moved on. Solutions aren't permanent - we want artificial organs now, but if you take too long to get them into market, by the time you do we'll all have robotic organs already.
Reality moves fast and everything is an MVP, a means to an end.
I know by solid you don't mean perfect though, just trying to give a different perspective.
I didn’t understand why until I saw one of Jordan Peterson’s videos where he described the hyper industrious people. He said there’s a small portion of the population who just work because we enjoy it.
If you put me in the forest with an axe, I’d just cut down trees non stop.
I think it’s because we humans are beasts of burden - without a task (or more specifically without - mastery, autonomy and purpose) we whither and die, and it’s natural in a healthy population that there’s variance in the desire for work (burden) and I just seem to love it.
It’s nof for everyone, and I don’t look down or resent those who do not work - because I’m doing this by choice. I truly enjoy working to the limits of my capability and pushing myself, not for fame, recognition or ego, but ultimately the desire to help others.