Don’t call yourself a programmer and other career advice

Entrepreneur Patrick McKenzie wrote “Don’t Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice” for software engineers, but there’s much in it that applies to everyone. My favorite highlights:

  •  Modesty is not a career-enhancing character trait
  • All business decisions are ultimately made by one or a handful of multi-cellular organisms closely related to chimpanzees, not by rules or by algorithms
  • “Read ad. Send in resume. Go to job interview. Receive offer.” is the exception, not the typical case, for getting employment.
  • Actual grooming is at least moderately important, too, because people are hilariously easy to hack by expedients such as dressing appropriately for the situation, maintaining a professional appearance, speaking in a confident tone of voice, etc.

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