Read With Me: How to Do Great Work

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The originally planned holiday trip was canceled at the last minute, so why not get up early and do some reading? I had been holding onto Paul Graham’s long essay How to Do Great Work. Coincidentally, I came across a high-quality Chinese translation 【如何做出偉大的成就】 shared by Michael Chou, the founder and chief editor of (科技島讀). So, my reading for the morning was decided on this piece.

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After deciding on the article, because the Chinese version was on a Facebook post and couldn’t be directly fed into Readwise, I opened a split window and read the Chinese and English versions side by side. I copied Michael’s Chinese version into my current note-taking tool, Heptabase. On a whim, I started recording my screen to observe how I was reading. It wasn’t until two hours later, after ending the recording, that I realized I had birdsong coming in from outside.

Since it was a long weekend, I decided to continue spontaneously. It’s more fun to enjoy things together, so I added some simple background music to the screen recording and created an intro. Feel free to give me some feedback. Perhaps there will be another episode (next long weekend?!). XDD


  • Q1: How did you decide on the highlight color in the video?
  • A1:
    • I have certain colors I often use, corresponding to the colors of highlighters I use for handwritten notes, and I try to keep it within three colors. So, I commonly use yellow, green, and red.
      • Yellow signifies reminders, attention, and notes.
      • Green is the second layer extracted from yellow and usually can be used directly.
      • Red has the lowest proportion; if I want a condensed review of the entire article, I usually only look at the red parts.
    • The purposes of these colors can be cross-referenced and emulated, but the content of paragraphs that each person highlights may vary with different individuals, contexts, and timeframes.
      • So, my red may not necessarily match your red or his red, and they may be highlighted in different places. Don’t worry too much about it.
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