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.
“Presentational sequences are arbitrary. Hierarchies are typically spurious. Boundaries of fields are arbitrary. Compartmentalized and stratified teaching produces compartmentalized and stratified minds.”—Ted Nelson
Proprietary software is like high-heels: while harder to walk in, you should be free to wear them; conversely, you might well look askance at organizations that make these things a condition of employment and at a society with little awareness that there are other options.
Much reconciliation, learning, forgiveness; no regret.
With Kindness, one can be courageous.
With Simplicity, one can be generous.
With Humbleness, one can be the lead to provide guidance.—Tao Te Ching
Our two best theories, quantum mechanics and general relativity, feel quite strange to most people; however, I expect that if we build a truly space-faring civilization in the future, these things will be as familiar to children as arithmetic.
“Many words lead to exhaustion. It is better to center on the true essence within.”—Tao Te Ching