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9 Things I Learned as a Software Engineer — Medium
“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”
6. Know the 80/20 rule

The 80/20 rule basically states that it will take you 20% of a project’s time to achieve 80% of the desired effect, and then the remaining 80% of time to just get the last 20% right. It’s like driving from the suburbs to the city: in 20% of the time, you’ll cover 80% of the distance. But once you hit urban traffic, the last 20% of distance will take you much longer.

Why is that important to know? Because people constantly underestimate the time a project needs. Scientists and engineers are particularly prone to that. That’s partly a matter of experience: the more you know, the better you can anticipate what will go wrong later and what the funny edge cases will be that nobody thought of when you started out.

If you don’t have that experience yet, just multiply the time you need for a project by 5, and expect to be “almost there” after a fifth of your estimated time.

7. You didn’t sell your soul.

I started my PhD for all the wrong reasons. One of them is what I now call “academic guilt”. I believed that if I didn’t pursue a PhD programme I would be wasting my talent. And I felt that I owed it to the people who went out of their way to support my academic career — professors and the people who paid for my scholarship — to do research. I didn’t. They may have invested in my academic future and may be disappointed that their investment didn’t pay off and produce a great scientist, but that’s their problem, not mine.

The same holds for any other job. People will always invest in you and it’s often in their best interest to do so. But that doesn’t mean they own your soul.
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june 2014 by snearch
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When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. ~ Rumi
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