Luck and Striking it Rich
February 14, 2021
Saw this thread on twitter about career paths and payoffs that caught my attention:
Here's one thing they don't tell you about perf reviews, career ladders, promos, etc.— Cristian Strat (@cgst) February 11, 2021
Do everything by the book, tie yourself in knots to get the work done _and_ check all the boxes, and all you get is a marginal increase in comp. pic.twitter.com/6jRbS0K1Lr
If you want to extract the maximum amount of payoff from your tech career path, that is probably quite a profitable path.
What’s missing from this discussion is the role that luck plays in this game. Sure, joining fast-growing companies early is a grand strategy, but how do you spot one of those? And what if you’re wrong? Would you accept years of minimum salary and worthless stock options?