Do small things, slowly

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The hare makes mistakes for speeding through the process. The tortoise doesn't finish things frequently enough.

But who do you think makes the better end-product? Someone who ships quickly or someone who pokes away at their work? Author Malcolm Gladwell thinks that it takes at least two years to write a proper book, recommending that writers even shelve their manuscript for six months and come back to it to make more edits.

“We need to be a little bit more tortoise-y and a little less hare-ish.”

— Malcolm Gladwell, On Speed And Power

When it comes to code, it may be beneficial to move fast and break things. You can always release a software patch to resolve an issue. But there should be ever more reward for postponing gratification to make deeper work that results in greater quality.

If you do small things, slowly, they'll add up to something timeless. The rapid pace of production tends to burn out just as quickly.


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