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.
Who is the bigger fool: the fool, or the fool whose only delight is the folly of other fools?
To me, the skyline of software and devices is populated almost entirely with unadorned, steel-and-glass skyscrapers: no Royal Albert Hall, no Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque.