Wisdom and achievement are the products of hard work, not avoiding it. We live in a society where the "instant gratification monkey" sits on everyone's shoulder. But the pleasures that result from determination and hard work far outweigh anything that devilish chimp can offer. The right mindset, like the growth mindset, helps put things in perspective. The growth mindset can open pathways to more creativity and possibility, and enable the setting of higher goals and more achievement.

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One of Atlassian's core values is "Be the change you seek." For Atlassian support, it means innovation can't be put aside, despite very busy schedules. In other words, obstacles to change can't stand in the way forever. Read about some of the successes and failures of the Atlassian support team's efforts to innovate, and how scrum keeps their eyes on the ball.

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50,000 dreams come true

$48,500. That was the PricewaterhouseCoopers salary that I turned down in 2002 to start Atlassian with Mike Cannon-Brookes. There was no technology industry in Australia at the time, nor a start-up industry. Our university professors disowned us. Our parents looked the other way. Our original goal was to earn more than $48,500 and not to have to wear a suit to work. Before we achieved that humble goal, we set a big, hairy, audacious goal to one day have 50,000 customers. Fifty-fucking-thousand!

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