Work hard, achieve excellence at something, create value for others, team up with like-minded people, enjoy the process, repeat.
I've contributed to some popular open-source projects including Ruby on Rails, and open-sourced several of my own:
People need people! Below are some local communities I've been an integral part of.
(a founding organizer) Lean Startup Machine is a competitive three-day workshop where you will learn how to apply Lean Startup methods in the real world.
(founding organizer) A lean startup in its own right. We hold a bi-weekly Bootstrap Lunch. The "frequent meetups in small batches" format is a perfect example of an MVP limitation turned success.
(original founder) Tokyo On Rails was the first active Meetup community for Rails developers in Tokyo. Credit to @tapster for taking over and making Tokyo Rails one of the most popular meetups in Tokyo.
I've been practicing the cultivation and art of bonsai formally in Japan for over 4 years. Have a look at my trees on Trello: