From Forbes interview
What is your advice for someone to wants to go into data science?
The most successful data scientists I know are those driven by a curiosity for solving problems through data. To that end, I recommend starting by thinking about what kinds of problems they find most interesting. From there, go out and try to find some data in the problem area and begin experimenting. Run some basic summary statistics on the data, plot some basic graphs, or even build a simple model. This is also a great way to learn the relevant tools and methods, and the result of which can become a nice asset in a person’s portfolio. This also, typically, leads people to ask a lot of new questions, which creates a virtuous feedback loop of learning and community discovery.