"The nail that sticks up gets hammered down." - The Underachiever's Manifesto: The Guide to Accomplishing Little and Feeling Great
Complete bullshit and a horrible culture to be if you truly care about progress and doing your best.
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"The underachievers manifesto" - a short book that does wonders for your mental health in a world that values productivity and superficial, short-sighted goals over everything else.
The Underachiever's Manifesto: The Guide to Accomplishing Little and Feeling Great
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Face it, if we're reading HN on a Saturday, probably thinking about work, we're probably saddled with the nagging feeling that we're not achieving enough. But achievement can become a dangerous addiction that makes us unhappy.
There are common themes in the book that come up in software engineering as well, like "perfect is the enemy of the good" and "the law of diminishing returns applies everywhere". It's a rational way to think about living.
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