Humility and coding

When I started my career as a software developer, I found it very hard to acknowledge I didn’t know something or was struggling to figure something out. When facing the unknown I quickly became frustrated and would be angry that there was a problem I didn’t have the solution to at my fingertips. As I’ve matured, humility has crept in. Actually, after recognising how unhelpful … Continue reading Humility and coding

Convenience and connection

This might sound odd, but I find convenience increasingly at odds with our collective well-being. Taking the interaction out of things hasn’t helped society nearly as much as it can be said to have help individuals. There are many cases where convenience is of value at both levels, of course. We’ve improved accessibility and delivery of services to those in need. Ready access to information … Continue reading Convenience and connection

Money talks

By which we generally mean that a lot of wealth creates a lot of influence. This is true in aggregate as well. Lots of individuals create influence using even small amounts of discretionary spending power, when those small amounts go into one pot. When we concentrate wealth in certain brands, we empower that brand to pursue its own agenda. That agenda might look like concern … Continue reading Money talks

Try changing the scenery

If the outlook is bleak and you can’t face another step, perhaps you can change how things appear. Work at a different desk, from home, from a cafe, in a library; somewhere different. If you don’t have that luxury, then try taking your mind elsewhere. Read some fiction (that isn’t close to home) or watch something that pulls your thoughts in a different direction. Change … Continue reading Try changing the scenery

What are the rules

The game you’re playing – the all encompassing one that is life – has rules. Or at least where you’re choosing to play does. Different arenas and different leagues each have variations, and in come cases a completely different set of rules. You can’t approach a banking career with the same mindset you would run a homeless charity. Retirement presents different boundaries to someone just … Continue reading What are the rules