Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Enjoy what you do?

I have a couple of questions for you.

1) On a Sunday night, are you dreading going to work on Monday?
2) Do you look at the clock every 5 minutes waiting for the time to leave?
3) Are you bored?

If you answered yes to any of those questions above, why?

Software Development should be about passion. You should love what you do, look forward to going in, and when doing it not even realise it’s been 4 hours since you last looked up. Right? Right?

I firmly believe that if you don’t enjoy what you are doing, then you shouldn’t be doing it. It amazes me how people stick in a job they hate just because it is comfortable, or they don’t like change.

If you hate your job, do yourself a favour. Get another one. You wouldn’t spend 40 hours a week bashing your head with a hammer, so why have the same feeling in a sucky job?

I know a lot of people don’t like change. They don’t like having to learn new processes, or meet new people – that awkward few weeks where everybody asks you the same question. I guess deep down, some people are scared that they aren’t as good as they think and could be shown up in a new job?

I’m a contractor and change jobs, on average, every three or four months. If you choose to look at change as a positive, growth experience, and get excited about becoming a better developer, or share your knowledge with others, then it can be a positive thing.

Make 2008 the year you find the passion for development again.

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