“If you’re capable of writing the best web framework in the world in your spare time, chances are you can also create a business at the same time.”
Don’t make the mistake of underestimating yourself.
I’m not suggesting that you’ll go out and write Rails in 3 weekends. What I am suggesting is that the more I meet “famous” hackers and the more I meet people from this community (online and offline), the more I realize that there’s not really all that much that separates us.
Lot’s of people are obviously brilliant. And even for those who are a little less brilliant, brilliance is only one part of the equation. Work habits, determination, perseverence, passion, and maybe most of all, belief, are just as important. Don’t sell yourself short.
I have no idea if I am as brilliant as others. Odds are against me. But he inspires me to achieve things just as cool as theirs. And I just know that I can. I suspect most people can too.