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Reputation attracts up-votes, which is why I don't particularly like point #8, about "follow the herd". If there are 10 competing products and the first 5 people prefer product A, subsequent shoppers will lean towards it simply for that reason, even though products B, C, and D might be just as good, or for that INDIVIDUAL, even better! Weigh what they say, and see if what mattered to them even matters to you.
Toggle Commented May 8, 2012 on Buying Happiness at Coding Horror
Oh, one more thing: If you have a family, and after 40 hrs of Dev work a week all your other time isn't soaked up by the needs of your wife, kids, parents, neighbors, and church (if you have one), then all I can say is, You aren't doing it right! :)
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2012 on Farewell Stack Exchange at Coding Horror
Jeff, Thanks for this. One of my biggest problems with my fellow developers has been the naive (and even arrogant) assumption by many that the "devoted passion" could or should be sustained. It has been a source of discouragement to me that our industry demands so much time, and that so many are willing to cost themselves and those around them to give it, because it has made it difficult for equally good devs with family priorities to compete. I love software development. In my first years I spent as many waking hours as I could in front of a computer learning and writing code. But now I have a wife and four kids, in addition to other people who need my time, and I love them all more. At various times I've gone through much anxiety over not being able to keep up, not stopping to think about whether it mattered whether I kept up like my more "passionate" peers did. Then I realized that my kids didn't care about how much money I was making, or what my professional reputation was, or what cool app I had made, as long as they could eat and stay warm and have Dad around. So, I've had to redefine what it means to "keep up", and redesign how I do it. I don't want to waste my short life pushing around bits and bytes. At the end of the day, (flame-on) it's just a job.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2012 on Farewell Stack Exchange at Coding Horror
Thanks a lot. You just motivated my employer to pay me 25% less, but make my job more "fun." This month, I'll try paying my mortgage with "fun." I agree that there is a point at which more money is no longer the top motivator. But test that theory against a situation where you KNOW your efforts are making someone a boatload, and you don't get to see any of it. That is much demotivating, friend. As with all things, it's a balancing act. There's only so much more "fun" and "interesting" you can shovel at me before I want more money so I can do other fun and interesting things besides programming.
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2010 on The Vast and Endless Sea at Coding Horror
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