The psychological benefits of an active commute appear so significant that driving should be a last resort.
Without the slightest idea what I’d do on any day, without a plan, I found myself unhappy because I didn’t feel like I accomplished anything. I may very well have done and shipped things during any particular day, but it was usually so busy that I forgot what it was by the end of the day.
What executives understand, almost intuitively, is reciprocity. They give favors to earn favors, but avoid self-sacrifice. They won’t fall into “love of the craft” delusions when “the craft” doesn’t love them back.
The fastest way to lose social status is to show acceptance of low social status.

We need more voices in Science, and not just those that say “Hey! You look good in that dress today.”

Not to be passionate is almost a crime, especially in startups. We’re not allowed to treat it as “just a job” and put forward above-normal effort only when given above-normal consideration.
they were gradually moved from being partners in innovation to being implementors’ of well-connected MBA-culture fail-outs’ shitty ideas.
When you have low status, your best strategy is to be invisible and unremarkable, because even good distinctions will hurt you.
“Wolf” is the story that many people want told about them, and that on good days they tell themselves, but in the dark of the soul, we all need help and have doubts.
The dilemma of speed versus elegance is an interesting one. You can see it as a kind of continuum between human-friendliness and machine-friendliness. Almost any program can be made faster by making it bigger and more convoluted. The programmer must decide on an appropriate balance.
A good programming language helps the programmer by allowing them to talk about the actions that the computer has to perform on a higher level. It helps omit uninteresting details, provides convenient building blocks (such as while and console.log), allows you to define your own building blocks (such as sum and range), and makes it easy to compose these blocks.
needs of people — not constraints of government structures or silos — should drive technical and design decisions.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a mentor that slaps your hand when you reach into the cookie jar or someone to say, “Hey, I’ve been in this situation before, here’s what you should do?” Truth is, you may never get this kind of mentorship, and waiting for someone to pick you is the same as waiting for something great to happen.
After a long day at work, Netflix sounds more seductive than spending one or two hours diving into a book that challenges you to think deeply about what you do and who you are.
But hiding our heads in the sand and pretending server-generated JavaScript will carry us through seems like the wrong bet. Even for “non-ambitious” applications.