13 comments

  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, almost 7 years ago

    “Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can't are both right.” — Henry Ford

    If you’re passionate and want to work every day from 7PM to midnight on a side project, why would you listen to someone telling you not to do so?

    5 points
  • Allan GrinshteinAllan Grinshtein, almost 7 years ago

    Here's the reality. Ready? It's going to be harsh.

    You're likely not "really really good" at what you do. It's almost a certainty. There are very few people who are great. It gets worse. Great companies don't want you.

    Feeling warm and fuzzy isn't going to help. Know what's going to help? Work your ass off.

    5 points
  • Michiel de GraafMichiel de Graaf, almost 7 years ago

    This: "innate pressure to have to do everything at once (and be amazing at it)" is a little thing called passion and ambition. I don't really get your point either.

    3 points
  • Pedro SolaPedro Sola, almost 7 years ago

    TLDR: "It's ok to not be really good at your job"

    The writing is shit, and the whole article is like massaging the wounded pride of some guy who couldn't hack it, or define his own job properly.

    2 points
  • Michael ParapettiMichael Parapetti, almost 7 years ago

    make your own luck, work hard, judge a little and be nice.

    1 point
  • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, almost 7 years ago

    Michael forgets something, man gain speed and do any work quicker as experience increases. Look at some amazing dribbble shots, and they say like "I did this in a 30 min break". So I ask myself, how does he do so quick? Of course, the reason is he has some methodology, some templates, techniques to make it fast.

    Thus, you'll have more free time to interest other things like tutorials, dribble shots, side projects. It's all about experience. Experience makes you do anything fast and good.

    1 point
  • Alex GriendlingAlex Griendling, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I've read a few articles now where people bemoan outside pressures to make more work.

    If you don't want to do a lot of work, don't do a lot of work.

    No one is expecting (let alone pressuring) you to bust your ass, but pressuring yourself is the only way to get better at what you do.

    1 point
  • Michael Ellis, almost 7 years ago

    Thanks for your feedback guys. It seems most of you disagree with me.

    I just want to point out that I never once said you shouldn't be passionate or that you shouldn't work hard. I have and do plenty of both. I assure you I can "hack it" just fine and my pride in my work is doing just fine.

    0 points
  • Jack BachJack Bach, almost 7 years ago

    Alternative title: 'The Mediocrity Manifesto'

    0 points
    • Michael Ellis, almost 7 years ago

      Having a false sense of pressure (because it's hyped up by people trying to look better or more important then they really are) and 'mediocrity' are totally different things.

      0 points
      • Jack BachJack Bach, almost 7 years ago

        Some people can handle pressure pretty well. On the other hand, I don't put pressure on me to look better, I put pressure on me to become the best I can be. If I would content easily I wouldn't get to be the best I can be, which I thing would bring me to mediocrity (since mediocre means "Moderate to inferior in quality").

        0 points
  • Isaac Paavola, almost 7 years ago

    No matter how much pressure there is to work yourself to the bone to become truly exceptional, the vast majority of people still aren't going to put the time and effort into actually doing it.

    This post is written for the vast majority, not those on the road to excellence.

    0 points
  • Jeff KunzlerJeff Kunzler, almost 7 years ago

    Pretty good post. Seems to be a lot of pressure on everyone to grind their bones into dust, even if only for a chance at success.

    0 points