working with people smarter than yourself is a great way to learn things and i generally recommend it, but occasionally the fly in the ointment is that working with people who are _way_ smarter than you is a constant exercise in just not having the cognitive ability to keep up with the *output* of people smarter than you, let alone dealing with all the incredibly frustrating shit that the smart people cope with by virtue of just being better at everything.

like: smart, diligent people with a high tolerance for complexity will just soak up the bullshit that it takes about 4/5 of a brennen to brain and have about 2.5 brennens worth of brain left over for the actual doing of things.

@brennen I like to think of "smart" and "high tolerance for complexity" as mutually exclusive tbh like ... if you were really smart you would use that brain power on simplifying things.


@technomancy i have a tendency to think that

a) people often don't really realize what their own capacities make seem reasonable to them, and

b) it's usually less work in the moment to deal with the nonsense n+1 times than making the nonsense go away, and once the nonsense accumulates enough, it's hard to scrape up the energy for the latter if the former doesn't feel that onerous at any one time.

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@brennen I guess what I'm getting at is that being a good leader on a software team is half being good at reading/writing code and half being aware of your context and making sure that you're working within the limits of what your team can accomplish.

actually it's more like 20/80 who am I kidding.

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