Q: Why would I not pick the best-in-class tool for whatever task I have?
A: Because you rarely work alone, and don’t always have a choice. The beauty lies in achieving the best outcome with the available tools you have at your disposal.
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Whatever you are privately going through, your teammates (and, perhaps your superiors, to an even greater extent) are going through as well.