I am Mitchell Hashimoto, Founder and CTO of HashiCorp. Ask me anything!View other answers to this thread
Could you share some piece of your non-technical life wisdom/advice? Maybe some "secrets" you use to stay productive and positive, a lifehack, or some story that changed your life. Whatever you feel like.
Thanks a lot for the AMA!
One thing someone told me when I was starting HashiCorp was: "Never let your startup get in the way of living a healthy life." I think that's really important. At the end of the day, what's most important is health, family. I made sure while I was working on HashiCorp that I continued to pursue my life. The best example of that is I met Amy, got married, and I do my best to be an attentive and loving husband every day. Work can wait, it can always wait.
More directly work related, though: I take breaks!
I think people look at how much HashiCorp has done or how productive I've been personally or whatever and think I just work all the time. And that's just not true.
I cook myself breakfast and eat with my wife every morning. I take a full hour lunch break, often sitting outside, watching YouTube, doing something not work. I take an hour in the afternoon a few times a week to work out. I stop at 530 PM every day to help with dinner and eat, again usually with my wife.
I usually go back to the computer around 8 PM until 11 PM. I don't usually work on HashiCorp-related things here. I try to just improve myself as an engineer. Or sometimes I just play video games. 🤖