In the course of my life, there are several essays that contributes to my growth.

There's no speed limit, by Derek Sivers

It taught me that you can go as fast as I can, without being bothered by other people's pace.

There’s no speed limit | Derek Sivers
Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent, I think you’ll appreciate this story of how one teacher can completely and permanently change someone’s life in only a few lessons.

A little bit of slope makes up for a lot of y-intercept, by Professor John Ousterhout at Stanford, class CS140

No matter where you are at in life, as long as the slope of your progress is steeper than that of your peers, at some point you will catch up. This gave me a relief.

A little bit of slope makes up for a lot of y-intercept
A little bit of slope makes up for a lot of y-intercept - slope_vs_starting.md

Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule, by Paul Graham

This helped me a lot in shifting from individual contributor to a manager. Knowing that to succeed in one requires a different working schedule had saved me a lot of trouble.

http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html