See the flaws


Err on the side of living as a realist over an idealist. A realist pursues progress by embracing reality. Idealism will help you see the direction you want to go, but realism will get you there quicker. You’ll make most decisions on autopilot, so how you internalize the world will influence how you make most decisions.

Replaceable dependencies


Vendor lock-in is always an unacceptable risk. The danger is introducing a point of failure outside of your control. Lower the risk by evaluating multiple vendors. Prioritize candidates that promote openness and easy migration. Dependencies are part of an effective strategy, so choose them wisely.