Coding horror: buying happiness

Web developer/designer Jonathan Christopher:

We can’t help but to be influenced by headlines like Instagram getting bought for $1B. As ridiculous as that is, as much of an outlying circumstance it is, we can’t help but to want something like that to happen to us. Seeing something that ridiculous happen almost makes it seem like “small” dreams of one day getting a $1M payout that much more realistic, almost deserved in some way.

Ultimately it seems to me that big payouts have become the definition of success in our industry, and to be blunt I think that sucks.