re: The Five Pillars of a Successful Career in Software VIEW POST


Pillar 6: Being in the right place at the right time.

As the Bible says, in Ecclesiastes 9:11:

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.


Ecclesiastes is full of fine advice for a developer.

Vanitatis vanitatum, omnia vanitas


I heard a great corollary to this from Country Joe (of Country Joe and the Fish). He said, "Everyone always says it's about being in the right place at the right time, but what no one tells you is, that means being everywhere, all the time." It's hyperbole, but it's a good reminder that if you really want to make it you're going to have to put yourself out there. A lot.

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