I'm a big fan of Paul Graham (aka PG) and YC. In 2011, I left my management consulting job to learn how to code. It was around this time I discovered PG, YC, and HN. I knew I wanted to do my own startup, and PG's words resonated and inspired me.
When talking with others about starting a startup or doing YC, I often send PG essays. I've done this so many times that I realized I should just compile a list and share that. So here it is.
YC was a dream for me, and I'm grateful that I did it with my best friend. I highly encourage folks to apply. Even if you're not thinking of doing the program, the application questions are good food for thought.