May 19, 2018


In an interview with Kathleen Morton, the Digital and Communications Manager at, Santiago Gonzalez gave an amazing revelation about himself.
I’m writing about the guy who got a job to teach CSC1-442 Operating systems (OS) for undergrads while receiving lectures in Distributed Computer Systems with Electrical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.

Santiago Gonzalez the child prodigy. Image by THNKR
Santiago Gonzalez the child prodigy. Image by THNKR

I’m writing about the guy who came to understand how and why computers work; this had enabled him and his partner to build a simulator to validate different computer systems in high radiation environments in space. In case you didn’t get that right, I mean to say that this guy worked on building a computer that is resistant to radiation – a kind of listening to music in hell!
I’m writing about the guy who’s now creating iOS apps. The guy who began his journey to understanding a dozen programming languages at age 14.

Computer Programming language. Image by Thnkr
Computer Programming language. Image by Thnkr

Though Hanno Behrens, an IT Consultant living in Germany who started at age 11, confirms in www , that “your ability to code an idea into an algorithm is making the difference.”
Santiago is not the only juvenile genius who did make a difference, not just in the tech world, but also in the arts, in engineering and in medicine. These teens took pleasure in creating apps, mastering nuclear physics, etc before reaching puberty!
Mark Zuckerberg at age 12, even before creating Facebook, established an IM service for his dad’s dentist office.
Then there’s late Aaron Swartz, the co-founder of Reddit and Internet activist who co-wrote the first RSS specification at just 14 years old. In fact Alex Bracetti had gone further to note 10 teen prodigies in to this effect.
There’s something I’d like to emphasize here about Santiago. While in  conversation with “minesnews,” he noted that he spends about 30 hours a week at SINE (Sensing Imaging and Networking) lab.
While I was undergoing music lessons and practicing with others, I was told that a virtuoso practices at least 5 hours everyday.
Bash Amuneni, a performance poet would keep telling us in class then that you’re not ready to perform on stage if you haven’t perfected yourself even for the 21st time.
You see this whole thing called time; it is the key to many doors.

You might have missed out becoming a genius during your teenage age. Maybe you were abused, born into a non-supportive environment or institute; or maybe you just had abandoned your project early enough to join society’s great mediocres.

Santiago Gonzalez the child prodigy. Image by THNKR
Santiago Gonzalez the child prodigy. Image by THNKR

Guess what? You still got TIME.

That’s why:
Whatever you’re doing now is done in time:  Facebook, reading, studying, watching anything, worshipping, arguing, hating, loving, cooking, etc.
The more you spend time on a particular thing, the more you ought to improve positively in your usage or understanding of that thing.
Whatever you think you’re doing now, ask yourself, what is my gain or what will be my gain at the long run?
Until you answer this question sufficiently, you’ll be working in a time frame that’s not yours!
What are you spending your time on daily? Is it worth it?

Author: David Francis E. 


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