inessential by Brent Simmons

On that moron feeling

Mac small business dinner Macworld Expo 2006I was a moron five years ago. Five months ago, even.

I’ve heard this from other programmers, so I don’t think I’m alone. They look back at old code they wrote and say, “What idiot wrote this crap?”

I used to wonder if this feeling would ever go away — as if I’d just get to the point where I’m super-awesome and that’s it.

But over the years I’ve learned to rely on this feeling. Were it ever to go away, then I’d be worried like hell. It would mean I’m not learning and not improving.

So, yes, I’m proud to have been such a moron so recently.