When I read articles like this it makes me realize that a bit of advice I picked up along the way was actually critical: Surround yourself by people smarter than you. The smarter you are the harder this is. It's no less important though.
We come here in search of a place to express our thoughts outside of the direct control and surveillance of unaccountable, mega-corporations. There is no common theme that binds us other than these being the bonds we've chosen rather than those that have been chosen for us.