People said I did the impossible, but that’s wrong: I merely did something so boring that nobody else had been willing to do it.
Sometimes, programming feels like magic: you chant some arcane incantation and a fleet of robots do your bidding. But sometimes, magic is mundane. If you’re willing to embrace the grind, you can pull off the impossible.
This is the most important trait of a software developer. The willingness to embrace the grind, every day, is more important than technical knowledge or skill of any kind.
(Via Daring Fireball.)