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The Market is ruthless:
ten thousand programs struggle for market share.
The Consultant is ruthless:
his loyalty to his clients is purely mercenary.

The Market, with its ups and downs,
acts much like a bellows.
Although it generates nothing, it is inexhaustible —
the more it moves, the more it blows.

Researching, analyzing, day trading —
this is not as good as holding to the center.

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This is one of the more obvious ways to retarget the text towards a software developers’ perspective. I have not been entirely consistent in this translation — there are a few variations, the most common of which is to leave the translation as “things.

Idiomatically, the proverbial ten thousand things means “everything in the world” — more things than can reasonably be counted, much less individually handled, managed, or followed.

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