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Saturday 12th February 2005 3:51 PM [General]

An interesting post from Christopher Baus about getting things done.

Excellence in software development isn't in the talking. Excellence is in the doing.
The one thing you have to realize is that if you want to be truly successful in the software industry there is just no way you can do it 8 hours a day. That's the harsh reality of it, and if you don't like the sound of it, you might want to consider another career. But then you'll realize that the best marketeers, doctors, or musicians aren't doing it 8 hours a day either. Success requires hard work, and my protestant upbringing tells me there is nothing wrong with that.

Amen to that :-) I remember practicing my ass off on my saxophone all day, every day when I was first starting out. My room was out the back of the house so I could sort of get away with it but my old man still used to come down and bang on my door to tell me to shut up because it was after midnight :-) The heaviest time was some years later, when I was playing a daily 4-hour gig, practicing 5 or 6 hours each day, and jamming around town pretty much every day as well. Yep, it's seriously hard work but if it was easy being good, everyone would be doing it :-)

It's been worth it, though. Guitarists are dime-a-dozen but the ladies always love a man with a sax... :wink:

2 Responses to this post

Glad you liked the post. In today's society, many believe success comes for free. Unfortunately it doesn't. It requires hard work and dedication. Especially in an increasingly competitive software industry.

BTW, I love your website design.

I think it's ok to work longer if you like your job. But I think it is wrong to make it a rule and to accept it as normal. People these days tend to forget how to live and that includes me. Life is not working alone. Interaction with your friends and family is equally important and you can't do that from your office. If their support falls away, you end up vey lonely indeed. However, many people use their work to escape the pressure from home :-)

That said, I know that there are professions like programming, multimedia, art, etc.. where you simply can't do it in 8 hours and that's the truth indeed.

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