DHH quotes on hard work

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Ever notice how the biggest fans of overwork are usually investors or company owners? And the primary victims of this culture are workers? If you’re in the latter group, developing a bit of class consciousness would serve you well.


Remember when “working real hard” had a goal? Like getting out of a shitty situation, so you could stop wearing yourself thin. Now the prize for “working real hard” and making it big is that you get to “work real hard” forever. Hustle culture sucks.


The problem with blindly celebrating “hard work” is that it mistakenly equates effort with consequence.


There are no shortcuts to accessing programming talent: Only reviewing and discussing relevant work product. Takes time, effort.


Maybe if more men rejected the virtue of being married to the job, we’d also have fewer predators expecting sexual favors from it.


Way to make 40 hrs/week count is to spend vast majority immersed in the zone of personal productivity. Collaboration as occasional minority.


I was being too unambitious thinking workaholism just trickles down. It spreads in all directions. Like a cancer. Sad, sick illness.


Using 'grit' as a euphemism for working break-neck hours and sleeping terribly is romanticizing desperation for its own sake.


Many existing programmers like to snub at newcomers who are "only there for the money". You can come for the money, and STILL do great work.

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