Insights

Results Still Hinge on Aptitude and Attitude

Insight #326

I wanted badly to blame my axe.

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Did you know that Albert Einstein was wrong at least once? He said that people love chopping wood because in this activity, one sees immediate results.

Well, during a recent cold spell, I remembered the last time I chopped wood. My axe crashed down again and again, yet the immediate results that Einstein promised were not to be seen. Results were relatively (ahem) slow in coming.

I wanted badly to blame my axe, but the ghost of my father watched over me. He had taught me much about woodwork and, of course, something about a bad workman always blames his tools.

I remember licking my blisters while frowning at the meager pile of chopped wood. That’s when I recalled something I had read about programmers. (I sometimes read stuff like that because I had written software in the early 1980s. Yes, I did!). Give an industrious programmer a 10-year-old computer, and she will get much more done with it than a lazy programmer with the latest and greatest technology.

Yes, relatively speaking (ahem again), real results still hinge on aptitude and attitude. And the greater the aptitude and the better the attitude, the more immediate the results.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

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