Shoveling

Marco Arment writes one of my favorite pieces of software, Instapaper. He also has a great blog. In his post, "Lasting Value," he writes:

I haven’t written nearly enough articles recently that I’ll be proud to show off more than a few months from now.

Today I finished my grading for the semester, and I had a meeting with three students about strategies for them to license their films that have inadvertantly become sucessful and in demand.

I see student projects that are finished to get the grade to eventually receive a degree, and I see work that is made to a higher standard—the standard of yourself, ten years down the road. Will what I am spending time on now end up being truly worth it?