How do you excel at whatever occupation you choose? Most would answer: study, read, follow the path left by the greats before us, and all of those answers are right. But the 13 year old boy that created the term ‘hackschooling’ and was featured in a TED talk suggests one step better: hacking. He doesn’t mean the kind of hacking that is going on today, from foreign nationals hacking into computers of huge corporations or even governments. What he is talking about is blazing new paths in time-trodden careers. Think about the iPhone. Nobody was crying out for it. But Steve Jobs created something that has now permeated the entire world, by his ‘hacking’ into design and engineering that previously was not thought of for a cell phone!