The Insatiable Hunger Within syndrome - quickcheck

I've spend last few days on some activities that were not necessarily related directly to software development:

  • I was taking part in organizing Technology Architecture workshop (including Call for Papers phase)
  • I was setting up some local knowledge exchange sessions for enthusiasts
  • I was trying to trigger an initiative or two in a local software workshop

One of the best things about all those things is that I had an opportunity to speak with some interesting people of various experience level. The one thing that has struck me was:

People lower the expectations' bar for their career pretty low very quickly.

Smart guys who have barely left the university have already acknowledged that:

  • they will just do what they are told to do and that's fine - even if it's boring
  • they will never do anything particularily inventive or interesting, because such things are being done only in Sillicon Valley
  • the managers will cut all the innovative initiatives anyway, because these are gold-plating and there's no budget for that

It's a terrible mentality of a bitter old men, who have no belief left in anything.

Let me say my credo then:

What makes me go to work every day is the certainty that:

  • I am here to make a freaking, massive imprint on the world
  • my greatest achievement is always still ahead of me
  • whether I succeed or not is dependant just on me and people I lead, so the success is inevitable (because we're awesome ;D)

I call it The Insatiable Hunger Within syndrome - the neverending journey towards continuous levelling-up the awesomeness. You may call it ambition's hypertrophy, obsession or some kind or workaholism, but I'm proud of it. You may accuse me of being brain-washed and just taking part in The Rat Race, but I DO IT FOR MYSELF (& MY GANG), not for my employer (so if an employer becomes an obstacle, good-bye it is).

The MYSELF part is pretty obvious, but what about MY GANG part - am I really that altruistic? To be honest, it's very simple: this is a team game and individuals never succeed here. One can't do anything w/o team - it's the joint effort that can move whole mountains.

Joint effort = joint success (or joint failure).

All of the above should really, really apply to you as well. What could stop you today?

  • the access to knowledge is almost free
  • the tools are very cheap
  • the communication is as easy and accessible as it never was before

There's no fun in aiming low.

Sebastian Gebski

About Sebastian Gebski

Geek, agilista, blogger, codefella, serial reader. In the daylight - I lead software delivery. #lean #dotnet #webdev #elixir. I speak here for myself only.