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When you have a nail in your eye, everything looks like a nail (robertheaton.com)
60 points by robheaton on July 16, 2013 | hide | past | favorite | 8 comments



As I often say, a mixed metaphor is worth two in the bush.

Seriously, though, as I keep watching the startup community, what I want to tell every wannabe technical founder is to find a business partner. There are a zillion businesspeople out there with real, valuable problems who lack the technical skill to implement their solution. Those have a far better chance of success than cobbling together something from the set of problems visible to a 22 year old CS student.


Hmm, this touched a bizarre chord for me, particularly "noodling too far down a technological rabbit hole".

Due to obsessing over the fact that the code you write today may get discarded tomorrow (even worse, it may need to be maintained!), I spend my time working on my rapid application development framework, in order to mitigate the cost of making the wrong thing. This obviously creates a distinct lack of making the right thing.

Coincidentally my framework is called Noodles...


Great post. Now off to write some software that can track when I'm focusing too much on the technology!


That was hilarious but rather profound at the same time. Interestingly, I was going to write on a similar topic in the next few weeks or so, but from a different angle. I may still do it.


When you have a nail in your eye, chances are you can still see fine with your other eye.

Source: I only have one functioning eye and I’m a designer. (No nail in my eye though, so I can’t be sure)


I really, needed to read these exact words this morning. Thank you to the author. Now time to refocus!


"How can he see he's got flies in his eyes if he's got flies in his eyes?"


Great read!




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