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Ralph Caldwell

@ralcal

Commercial art gallery manager

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How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. When you repeat a behaviour, such as complaining, it rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. 

Over time, you find it's easier to be negative than to be positive, regardless of what's happening around you. 

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Makers and managers

Paul Graham’s 2009 essay, “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule”, describes the differences that lead these these two factions to clash:

  • “The manager’s schedule is for bosses. It’s embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each day cut into one hour intervals."
  • On the other hand, makers operate effectively on a different schedule entirely — one that prioritizes focus: “…there’s another way of using time that’s common among people who make things. They generally prefer to use time in units of half a day at least. You can’t write or program well in units of an hour. That’s barely enough time to get started. "

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Don’t let anyone overpay you

The moment one customer pays you a lot more than any other customer, you’re no longer a product company, you’re a services/consulting company again.

It's much better to have hundreds of thousands of companies paying you a small monthly payment than a few huge accounts covering that same amount. A diverse customer base helps insulate you; a few large accounts can leave you vulnerable to their whims.

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  • Coding is a skill like any other. Like language learning, there’s grammar and vocabulary to acquire. 
  • Like math, there are processes to work through specific types of problems. 
  • Like all kinds of craftsmanship and art-making, there are techniques and tools and best practices that people have developed over time, specialized to different tasks, that you’re free to use or modify or discard.

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