There has been talk of 10x developers for as long as there has been software engineering.
I have had the good fortune to work with some profoundly great engineers, and it is fantastic.
But do you know what is much more motivating? 10x codebases.
The codebase you can’t fuck up because you have tests covering your ass.
The codebase you can add new features to without breaking step, because it was thoughtfully designed with change in mind.
The codebase you don’t have to wait for, because the build, test, packaging and deployment are automatic and rock solid.
Is the 10x developer a myth? Who cares. But we have all worked on 0.1x codebases. Do the math.