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I agree with pretty much all of this. It can be a benefit in certain situations. I kick ass at hackathons. I can dive into the middle of an unfamiliar code base and quickly get oriented and solve bugs that the other developers haven't been able to. I can solve interesting and complicated problems across many domains like few others can. The problem is, life isn't just a series of interesting and complicated problems. In fact, the vast majority of it is trivial and boring and dealing with trivial and boring things is exhausting.

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