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Get rid of the need for praise and recognition, and assume that nobody will give you any of either ever again. This will, hopefully, make you a little more sure that you’re in for the right reasons, plus any praise that occurs is a bonus.

Often people see progress as a straight line, in fact it’s a branching tree with many rejected possibilities. Corollary 1: Don’t be smug about your politics, you may be on a dead end. Corollary 2: Remember that dead ends are necessary, like failed products or rejected hypotheses.