"These are the days that must happen to you."
Walt Whitman “Song of the Open Road” (via tor-tor-toreador)
Here’s the whole stanza from that poem, it’s even better in context:
Listen! I will be honest with you,
I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes,
These are the days that must happen to you:
You shall not heap up what is call’d riches,
You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve,
You but arrive at the city to which you were destin’d, you hardly settle yourself to satisfaction before you are call’d by an irresistible call to depart,
You shall be treated to the ironical smiles and mockings of those who remain behind you,
What beckonings of love you receive you shall only answer with passionate kisses of parting,
You shall not allow the hold of those who spread their reach’d hands toward you.
"We work in a world now where fast isn’t good enough. Where quantity is fairly regularly getting edged out by quality. You shipped twelve just-good-enough things this year? You’re about to get smoked by folks who shipped three of those things thoughtfully and holistically. Where you cut corners on twelve projects to get them out the door, someone else crafted three focused experiences and left themselves little-to-no design or technical debt."
Cap Watkins, Just Ship* (via wka)
Couldn’t agree more. I’m really tried of the “Fuck it, ship it” mentality in the startup world. Yes, being pragmatic and consistently shipping is extremely important, but it’s not the only value that matters in the equation. As usual with glib startup advice, the reality of things is a lot more nuanced and complicated than the aphorisms lead people to believe.
Ecstatic that the pendulum is swinging back the other way on this one. Yay.