Adding a little value to the story: I didn’t plan this meme at all; I tend to ad lib my speeches pretty much and so I said in the moment, something like “it’s all wrong, success has to be like falling into a great big pit [insert Italian Sized Hand Gesture], you just can’t help but win.” All I had in the slides was a few prompting words on how all the micro-tuning we were doing was a joke compared to the continent-sized mistakes that people were making for no good reason. The whole talk was designed to illustrate this, there were a half dozen slides talking about all this great work with the punch line being that none of it mattered… the mistakes were easily 100x bigger…

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I’m a software engineer at Facebook; I specialize in software performance engineering and programming tools generally. I survived Microsoft from 1988 to 2017.

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