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How to Do Things Right: Lessons from Futurama

18 August 2023

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Have you ever heard of the quote “When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all”? It comes from a Futurama episode called “Godfellas” where Bender becomes a god to a civilization of tiny beings living on his body. The quote is actually said by a cosmic entity that Bender encounters in space, who claims to be the real God or at least something close to it.

The quote is often used as a motto for sysadmins, who have to deal with complex and invisible tasks that keep the systems running smoothly. It can also apply to other professions and situations where doing things right means avoiding problems, errors, and complaints. But what does it really mean to do things right? And how can we achieve it?

Here are some possible interpretations and lessons from the quote and the Futurama episode:

The quote “When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all” may sound cynical or discouraging at first, but it can also inspire us to strive for excellence and efficiency in our work. By doing things right, we can make a positive difference in the world, even if we don’t get the credit or recognition we deserve.

What do you think of the quote? How do you apply it to your work or life? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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