Words of wisdom

Boring systems build badass businesses:

Innovate on your core product, not on your plumbing.
Matt Jaynes

Programming sucks:

That's your job if you work with the internet: hoping the last thing you wrote is good enough to survive for a few hours so you can eat dinner and catch a nap.
Peter Welch

How to stay on top of your game:

By becoming a mentor to someone new to what you do, you won’t just be guiding a new recruit who desperately needs it, you’ll be reminding yourself of the same core values and fundamentals that have taken you to where you are now. If you want to stay there, you desperately need it, too.
Tyler Tervooren

Every user lies:

... disregard what people tell you in favor of judging them by their actions.
Jeff Atwood

A software developer's job is to solve the customer's problem, not to write code:

... it might surprise you just how many times you have to ask "why" until you get to something – anything – your customers would actually care about.
Jeff Atwood

Why startups need to focus on sales, not marketing:

... founders who want to remain in denial about the inadequacy of their product and/or the difficulty of starting a startup subconsciously prefer the broad and shallow “marketing” approach precisely because they can’t face the work and unpleasant truths they’ll find if they talk to users.
Jessica Livingston

Contrary to popular belief, peace and quiet is all about the noise in your head:

"In the future, people will be prepared to pay for the experience of silence." People already do.
Daniel A. Gross

We are all confident idiots:

Although what we know is often perceptible to us, even the broad outlines of what we don’t know are all too often completely invisible. To a great degree, we fail to recognize the frequency and scope of our ignorance.
David Dunning