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Objectives are like a vaccine for fuzzy thinking.

Why the secret to success is setting the right goals, John Doerr.

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While it might look like an overnight success in hindsight, the story of React is actually a great example of how new ideas often need to go through several rounds of refinement, iteration, and course correction over a long period of time before reaching their full potential.

— Our first 50.000 stars.

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I want to push the idea that concepts are the real win, and they can be expressed in many different ways.

Dumb Redux, Tom MacWright.
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In general, comparing frameworks in terms of features seems inferior to examining the model it imposes on the programmer.

The latter will inform you about how well the code will fare over time as the product matures and the team grows, but the former won’t. It will also empower you to foresee what the evolutionary path of the technology looks like.

Pure UI, Guillermo Rauch.

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Own your decisions. Understand the customer’s needs. Don’t be lazy.

Professional corner cutting, Havoc Pennington. Aka: how to become a better programmer.

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When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow & exclude people. So create.

Why The Lucky Stiff.

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El signo de la vitalidad no es durar, sino renacer y adaptarse.

El milagro Mondragón, José María Arizmendarrieta.
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While money can help produce good software, clear communication channels between developers and users and a unified team can easily outperform more rigid development environments.

I feel sorry for closed-source developers, Bruce Momjian.
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Screwing up is a great way to find out that your assumptions were wrong or that your model of the world was a little bit off. As long as you update your model and move forward with a better picture, you’re doing it right.

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There are still some bad ways to fail. Repeating the same mistake over and over is one. Not listening to customers or peers before or after a failure is another. Never ignore the evidence; particularly when it says you’re wrong.

— Valve Handbook for new employees.
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Just as demagogues may subvert democracy, so self-promotion may subvert meritocracy.

— Open Source Projects and the meritocracy myth.