Develop a wide tolerance for everything except success

People who produce greatness demand careful handling.  The mad genius dates back to at least classical times, when Aristotle noted, “Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies toward melancholia.” This pattern is a recurring theme in Shakespeare’s plays, such as when Theseus, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, observes, “The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are of imagination all compact.” John Dryden made a similar point in a heroic couplet: “Great wits are sure to madness near allied, / And thin partitions do their bounds divide.”  here.

Everyone was creative in kindergarten!  The companion piece misstates the abilities of a creative person – the creative is both willing to be judged (they got that right) and also that person is willing to judge – willing to decide what is necessary but not sufficient, or willing to determine a minimalist set sufficient to deliver a result for the user, or able to envision a simpler way.  Then, and only then, does the article correctly describe the artist as being able to withstand criticism of their vision.

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I like to simplify software. I love people who actually deliver software.
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