Saw a great tweet from Abdur Chowdhury today
Remember the curmudgeons in your org care deeply. When they quit you have lost balance & are left with self congratulatory cheerleaders.
I spend much of my time trying to be positive and watching my tone, but there is a place for the pessimist, especially in business. I learned a long time ago that the word came from the French couer merchant (evil heart) but the internets say that’s wrong.
One thing I like about working in the tech world is that there’s so much less pomp and nonsense than in my old jobs. I suspect that’s why I see more people who are openly grouchy, but don’t attack others behind their backs. It’s a much better life, at least for me, though if you’re thin skinned I can imagine it being tough.