3 quotes for April 2, 2021

Arthur Conan Doyle. Robert Frost. Seth Godin

Quality is meeting spec.

– Seth Godin

The hard part, of course, is coming up with the correct specifications. Most times, we make it vague. We use buzzwords and hide behind them. Or we are constantly searching for perfection, which is futile.

If we can define spec, then it becomes clear to everyone, especially us, what we are trying to do and how well we need to do it. More is not necessary.


Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself.

– Arthur Conan Doyle

To be clear, meeting spec and releasing a mediocre product or delivering a mediocre service are NOT the same thing.

Mediocrity is a waste of time.

Funnily, it seems that doing things way over spec might be a waste of time as well. It all comes down to defining spec well.


He says the best way out is always through
And I agree to that, or in so far
As I can see no way out by through.

– Robert Frost

Persist. It never is as hard as it seems. I keep telling myself this. I should continue to. Maybe if I remember it as poetry, it will be easier. Well, certainly a lot cooler.


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