Meditations

Meditations

Just some reminders to myself. Inspiration for this page is from Sean Cassidy.

  • You haven’t made it until you’ve been called a sellout
  • Don’t blame others
  • Make it hard to use wrong
  • Fail Fast
  • Fail Often, but don’t make it a habit.
  • Don’t commit your config files
  • “I would have made it shorter but I didn’t have the time”
  • Smile
  • Every hour of travelling, meetings and process should have a positive return
  • Take unsolicited advice from experience with a grain of salt
  • Don’t feign surprise
  • Don’t be unnecessarily angry
  • Be nice to support staff
  • Watch where your company is headed
  • Solve problems don’t just add features
  • Assume people’s work is well-intentioned
  • Do no harm
  • You can learn from anyone or anywhere
  • Don’t look to criticize and refute, but to understand and learn
  • Everyone thinks other people are strong, confident and sure of themselves, most often they are not.
  • You have one life to do all the things you’ll ever do.
  • “I want to be around people who do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what to do. I want to be around people who dream and support, and do things.” – Amy Poehler
  • “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six of them sharpening my axe”
  • When things get tough, try harder.
  • “I must use these great men’s virtues as a cloak for my weakness.” – Michel De Montaigne
  • “Creative insights often occur by making unusual connections: seeing analogies between ideas that have not previously been related. All of our existing ideas have creative possibilities.” – Sir Ken Robinson
  • We stagger through our romantic, professional and social worlds with the goal of merely not crashing. Never considering that we might soar.
  • Hardware eventually fails, software eventually works
  • The more I want, the less I am free
  • When pitching always sell the prize. Make people realize how bad the current situation is without it, make them want the prize.
  • To achieve something you need a plan and not enough time
  • When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built their first motherboard, they didn’t envision the iPhone. Visions can start small. Visions should start small
  • Silence, please.
  • Everything on this list
  • Work until your idols become your rivals
  • “To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” – Leonard Bernstein
  • “Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what’s actually good for you”
  • “Since we’re all going to die, it’s obvious that when and how don’t matter.” – Albert Camus
  • Tech doesn’t have to be hard. People make it hard because they have priorities other than the simplest interface or the best experience.
  • It is better to do than to seem.
  • When copies are abundant, they become worthless. When copies are super abundant, stuff which can’t be copied becomes scarce and valuable.
  • Software, free. The manual, $10,000.
  • One should attempt to have more eulogy virtues instead of career virtues.
  • Time debt is anything that you do which will commit you to doing unavoidable work in the future.
  • “Your civilization is based on the technology of the mass relays, our technology. By using it, your society develops along the paths we desire. We impose order on the chaos of organic evolution. You exist because we allow it, and you will end because we demand it.” From Mass Effect by applicable to using APIs and relying on others’ technology.
  • “Don’t be a boilerplate programmer. Instead, build tools for users and other programmers. Take historical note of textile and steel industries: do you want to build machines and tools, or do you want to operate those machines?”