Companies want you to use their services. They’ll often include support documentation for that very purpose. When you’re choosing a specific tool, dependency, or service it’s an investment. And as with any investment you’ll want to maximize your returns.
What we don’t know has a disproportionate impact on our life than what we know. There will always be more information than any single individual could understand alone. It is together that we have the greatest chance to making informed decisions.
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.
Increasingly we use sophisticated algorithms to derive insights and products from data. Participation in this new economy requires a digitization of our work and life. Any non-AI-assisted activity will be seen as a hobby or vestigial behavior.
It is self limiting to identify as one and not the other. There is value in pursuing knowledge from both formal education and practical experience. You should develop tactical proficiency backed by sound strategic decision making.
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.
For all work relationships, with established trust, default to asynchronous communication. All parties benefit when the inefficiencies of synchronous communication can be avoided. You enable message batching, focused work, and more control over schedules independent of timezone.