Charity Majors @mipsytipsy CTO @honeycombio, ex-Parse, Facebook, Linden Lab; cowrote Database Reliability Engineering; loves whiskey, rainbows. I test in production and so do you. 🌈🖤 Jun. 19, 2019 1 min read

from now on june 19th will be a company holiday for us. (kicking myself for making only mental notes the past two years.. that is not a durable write medium.) h/t @marcprecipice for the link.

 https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2015/06/juneteenth-the-black-american-holiday-everyone-should-celebrate-but-doesnt.html 

If there's one thing having a company has taught me, it's how easy change can be.

(And I don't mean just easy for people who own companies, although yes.. that too! It's a good reason to start a company!)

Most things are the way they are because of habit or stasis, not conviction. Which means lots of things are actually very easy to change.

I have had to spend a lot of time trying to become sensitive to the power I hold, because people who don't do that are dicks. But it's made me realize how much energy we spend convincing ourselves of our powerlessness.

Same reason I look incredulously at engineers who are convinced that managers hold all the power. You hold the ultimate power, the power to *create*... or to vote with your feet and refuse to do so.

 https://charity.wtf/2018/08/17/on-engineers-and-influence/amp/ 

I guess I am not of the school that sees power as something to be conserved, saved up for a special occasion.

I think you get power by using it regularly towards good outcomes. Like flexing a muscle.


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