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GeneralRe: Should I Quit Programming? Pin
John Simmons / outlaw programmer27-Apr-09 3:21
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JimmyRopes26-Apr-09 7:11
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There are two types of successful programmers; people who love to program and people who love to program.

I have been programming professionally for over 35 years and I still program as a hobby in areas and on equipment I don't get to explore at work. As you may surmise I love programming.

I have tried other areas of the business -- analysis, system test, customer service, etc. -- and did an adequate job but never quite was as motivated as when I am doing one of my famously shameless hacks to overcome a shortcoming of the language or architecture I am currently dealing with. My mantra is "once you lose your pride the rest is easy".

Having said that I have seen equally motivated people in all the other jobs I could only do adequately.

The thing that concerns me about what you have said is that you are wondering if you like to program. I have absolutely hated some jobs from time to time, a situation I remedied with another job, but never once questioned if I like to program. I hated my boss, hated the pressure I was under, I hated the unreasonable schedule, I hated a difficult co-worker, but I never hated programming.

You must find something you are passionate about, something you really love to do, and the money will follow as you distinguish yourself in that area. The alternative is to work a job you hate and live with all the negative effects on your life.

Good luck in deciding. It is never too late to re-invent yourself once you get your priorities right.

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