In some recent writing, I once again was thinking about how I'd get something done.
I realized that in this instance it was time for a clever solution rather than something more rigorous or systematic.
So I popped out some code that did the job quickly, with a dash of elegance and bravado.
Afterwards, it got me thinking that one of the greatest compliments I've gotten when I've done this sort of thing is that I'd been clever.
Clever makes me feel good - a very positive rush.
Clever is a little added oomph that makes a good solution into a cool solution.
Clever has a feeling of fun and wit to it that is missing from it's more boring cousins capable, organized, or methodical.
Clever pushes against the ordinary and admits that there's more to life than following a procedure.
Clever adds fun to the journey.
There are some who see clever as a negative - it reeks of non-reproducibility and heroic-effort rather than the more dependable repeatable-process and committee-based decision.
Quite boorish folks if you ask me! Give me the adroit and courageous over that hesitant ilk any day!