My habit is my superpower. I am not great at going into overdrive and pulling an all-nighter. But I can keep doing the same thing day-in and day-out for a long time. This newsletter has been one of those things for the last 2 years. I thank you, readers, for being part of the journey. To celebrate all 100 issues, I am re-sharing the articles that made a lasting impact on me.
To the next 💯!
Software Engineering ⚙️
How Complex Systems Fail – Richard I Cook
I keep coming back to the lessons of this short reading almost daily. I especially find “Catastrophe requires multiple failures – single point failures are not enough.” and “Human practitioners are the adaptable element of complex systems.” insightful.
When frontend means full stack – Chris Coyier
While we are all called “frontend engineers,” we come in a different shape. That means: 1. when we look for the next role, we need to think about what we truly enjoy. 2. when we hire for our team, we need to look for the exact skills the team needs explicitly.
I read this a month ago, but I already used the article’s learnings multiple times about setState. If you skipped this article because it’s too long, please think again.
The Mundanity of Excellence: An Ethnographic Report on Stratification and Olympic Swimmers – Daniel F. Chambliss
“Excellence is accomplished through the doing of actions, ordinary in themselves, performed consistently and carefully, habitualized, compounded together, added up over time.” This is my kind of jam.
The Feedback Fallacy – Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall
A lack of shortcomings does not make one excellent. We need to focus on each other’s strengths that make us uniquely effective.
Get your work recognized: write a brag document – Julia Evans
When busy with daily work, I forget what I achieved last week, let alone last year. Just the act of writing a brag document has saved me from impostor syndrome countless times.
Don’t ask forgiveness, radiate intent – Elizabeth Ayer
The proverb, “Don’t ask for forgiveness, ask for permission,” makes a terrible teammate. When we are part of the team, we need to radiate intent and align better.
Speed as a Habit – Dave Girouard
I started asking, “when do you think will finish the thing?” and that cleared up a lot of uncertainty when collaborating. There are more great tips I haven’t internalized yet.
The rise of the global first startup – Elizabeth Yin
The article was written before the COVID. I can only imagine that the trend is now far more accelerated since everyone’s remote.
With the Biden administration next year, we will see how the antitrust issue will play out. But I hope the administration continue the inquiry and reform where necessary.
Thank you for reading this issue. I hope you stay with me for the next 100!