You Don’t Have to Don’t Fall Into the Trap of the Shiny Object Again
I just got a new Mac.
An inexpensive, very fast, new machine.
I’m in love, but…
I’m trying not to fall into the trap again.
The Trap of the Shiny Object.
The Shiny Object has so much promise!!!
But the specs mean nothing.
All my thrill is worth nothing.
What matters is not the promise the Shiny Object brings.
What matters is what’s at the root of the promise.
The reason I use these shiny tools is to make things.
What I make is the Real Shiny Object.
The ugly, clumsy, not-as-good-as-you-want,
Not matching your high level of taste,
The piece of work that’s a “piece of work”.
That’s the Real Shiny Object, the diamond in the rough
The diamond you would step on and grind into the dirt
If you did not know to look for it.
Today, I’m reminding you (and me)
To look for those tiny rough diamonds in the dirt.
Gather them up by creating and sharing them often.
Ship when it feels hard to ship.
Because the Real Shiny Object
Is the Joy of doing this work.
The true joy is the satisfaction of knowing
That you did your best,
Even when (and especially when!)
You thought your best
Was not that good.
If you can relate to Shiny Objects; you love them but want to own them vs being owned by them?
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