This is what I'd like to say to a certain client of mine, a CEO of a startup. I'd even settle for saying that their entirely justifiable anxiety is about to be self-fulfilling because of the effect it'll have on morale.
They made the decision to trust us, and it's all gone according to plan - the only thing that's changed since then is that they've spent more time imagining failure.
Well, you can't get too attached. Most startups fail anyway.
Listen to your fear. Cherish your fear. Fear is important. Fear is the emotion that protects you.
But don't let your fear make decisions for you. The purpose of your existence is not to be protected. Anything worth doing entails risk, vulnerability, the possibility of pain.
Courage is one thing, but I'm not talking about courage. It is enough to learn to notice and acknowledge when you're about to panic.
I do a lot of pair programming. It's great. But one thing nobody warned me about is that when I'm pairing with a relative beginner, I gotta be strictly disciplined all the time.
Two experts can bend the "rules" and get more done, keeping each other honest. Beginners by definition haven't developed the judgment to safely loosen up; they'll make mistakes that they won't be able to detect.
So I have to set an example that's more fastidious than what's most comfortable for me. That's why I shitpost off-hours.
I do #programming for a living, hate alarm clocks, & love to post at work. If you #ask me an unsolicited question on any topic, I will probably answer it. You better watch out; I know about timed hits.
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