From the transcript of a talk Aaron Swartz gave in 2008:
The American writer Kurt Vonnegut used to always title his talks “How to Get a Job Like Mine” and then proceed to talk about whatever he felt like. I’m in a bit of the opposite situation. I was told I could talk about whatever I felt like and I decided that, instead of pontificating for a while about the future of the Internet or the power of mass collaboration, the most interesting thing I could talk about was probably “How to Get a Job Like Mine”.
I only learned about Aaron’s incredible contributions to the Web when the news broke that he committed suicide. He shares in this talk some great ideas and advice which he discovered and followed himself. Aaron’s approach alongside his genius lead him to contribute to the RSS spec, Markdown spec, Creative Commons spec, creating Reddit, and countless other projects which broke ground in sharing and spreading ideas and information. He did all of this in his teens too.
Aaron was a true innovator and thought leader and his advice should not go unheard.