It’s okay to invent unusual things (lessons learned from history of science)

Miloslav Voloskov on March 17, 2019

TL;DR: Learn from books or other people but let nobody say that what’s you doing is wrong just because it’s unusual. Great things happen when pe... [Read Full]
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Like in most things, there is a balance you want to achieve between pushing things forward and keeping things as they are. If every few months you come across a new process for something and keep replacing what you have, you don't actually progress further forward. I see this more of a problem in business than anything else as if something goes wrong/takes longer/ends up being a worse choice, you end up further back than when you started which you may need to explain to your boss or client.

That being said, you also have the opposite case where you stick with the exact same thing for years and years when there are better/faster/easier approaches. This can affect business just as much as you may no longer be competitive.

I think it comes down to being strategic, measuring problems and seeing if a solution to the problem is worth the time/effort whilst weighing any risks.

In the quotes you've provided from other people in your career though, those are straight up aggressive which don't help anyone. It is unfortunate that you (or whomever else that was on the receiving end) needed to hear that.


Great point!

I was talking about feeling like inventing that particular thing is the right thing to do but being afraid of it just because it’s unusual


To me it's always work hard in silence and let your success do the talking.

Knowing your own true north is good and sometimes sticking to something gives you unimaginable consequences.

That you may not know till you had reached that stage in life to look back on things you took a chance to do despite all the obstacles that block you.


didn't know that detail about the Quake developers and fast inverse square route. thanks for sharing!


but let nobody say that what’s you doing is wrong just because it’s unusual.

I love that line... the art of not giving a f*** !


Just to enrich the conversation. At some point I was proud of using jQuery.


It's completely okay!

Once I got the client on freelance who wanted a simple financial CRM in a very short timespan. He also wanted to save money on hosting, so I created everything in vanilla, stateless PHP, storing everything in the database. I finished in just two days, we launched and I got my average monthly salary in those two days.

The right tool is whatever you're sure about.


I love this post ❤️ Don’t listen to other people 😉

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