There is a saying that nothing is new under the sun.

Part of what makes use humans is that we can learn from others.

Here are a few quotes from other smart people that all tester should take to heart.

Quotes #1

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. -Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor aka most powerful man in the world during his time. He is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers.

As testers we need to question all assumptions about the thing we are testing. It’s a big part of what we’re paid to do.

Quotes #2

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. -Warren Buffett

Buffet is one of the most successful investors of the 20th century.

We need to have a decent understanding of what the product is attempting to do in order to test it properly. Requirements don’t always need to be written down, but they should be known.

Quotes #3

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. -Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.

Though the overall quality of a product depends on the team as a whole. Testers should be champions of quality.

Quotes #4

We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve. -Bill Gates

Gates is mostly know for his success with Microsoft.

As a tester you’ll always want to get feedback on what’s working and what isn’t. Feedback will help you improve your testing efforts.

Quotes #5

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca is widely known as one of the greatest philosophers of all time.

Testers need to at least have some general idea of where they are heading. This is true not only for your day to day task, but also for your career as a whole.

What are some of your favorite quotes? Leave them in the comments below.

 

 

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