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Comment Egoless professionalism (Score 3, Insightful) 884

To want "respect" means that you would like some other unspecified group to have _less_ "respect," at least compared to you.

Maybe it would be better just to do good, professional work that can itself withstand such comparison rather than seek the "I am better than the run-of-the mill-worker" kind of "respect."

Back in the day we called it egoless programming. It means to feel good about the whole team being productive. Groups like this share code, mentor each other constantly, prevent anyone from failing, and are fun to be around. Groups that worship individual "respect" get prima donnas, backstabbing and less overall productivity.

Let your good work speak for itself. If you need more respect, learn something additional about your craft and feel good about it yourself.

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