When I attended college I observed some people around me that became satisfied with their status quo. They felt they had learned enough and that was the enough for them. They felt they knew everything they needed to know. Maybe that was hubris, maybe it was laziness, I'm not quite sure. The word I used was stagnation.
I knew I wanted to avoid at all costs. This has stuck with me to this day, but I've continued to evolve it by adding on little mental hacks and mantras as I went. I try to do what I can to keep hubris at bay because I've found it to be one of the warning signs of heading down an ill-fated path.
One of the things that's befuddled me in recent years is the concept of things that are the "best" or variations therof. In the software world one of the most …