Don't be bloody silly you need to earn a living, so do you take pride in what you do for that part of your existence!
I do, and I do. However, Ravi said, "There is nothing else in life I'd rather do but develop software." and that is what I was responding to. I enjoy writing code, and I am happy to make my living writing code, but I can think of lots of things I'd rather do.
Now that I'm a programmer and manager, I create things that are useful, and I can make sure others (the people who report to me) are treated with the respect, understanding and appreciation that they deserve. All in all, life is good and I'm proud of who I am and what I do.
I was a Federal Civil Servant for a time. There was an era when that was considered respectable work, but in the latter half of that part of my life, I would sooner claim to be unemployed than admit that I worked for the Feds. An admission like that could get you killed
I'm a programmer and I've always loved that work - but now I'm in a job that I'm proud of, too
It doesn't matter if your vocation is 'Saint' - if you work for the devil it's still a Bad Thing
"the meat from that butcher is just the dogs danglies, absolutely amazing cuts of beef." - DaveAuld (2011) "No, that is just the earthly manifestation of the Great God Retardon." - Nagy Vilmos (2011)
"It is the celestial scrotum of good luck!" - Nagy Vilmos (2011)
"But you probably have the smoothest scrotum of any grown man" - Pete O'Hanlon (2012)
What you love and what you do ain't necessarily the same...
Why can't I be applicable like John? - Me, April 2011 ----- Beidh ceol, caint agus craic againn - Seán Bán Breathnach ----- Da mihi sis crustum Etruscum cum omnibus in eo! ----- Just because a thing is new don’t mean that it’s better - Will Rogers, September 4, 1932
Bad news, kid. I tried saving the world. Too many to save, not enough time, money or people interested in trying. Don't worry about saving the world. Pick one single creature and try to save it. If you do that, pick another and try to save it. One small piece at a time - that's how you save the world.
And look at it this way. Programming might not be the most directly world-saving profession, but on the other hand it's not refining weapons-grade Plutonium There are always shades of gray.
I don't see myself doing anything else, and I can tell that for a couple of times I took the other lane but ended on this one short after
For starters my mother gave me my first computer when I was 8. It was a ZX Spectrum 2048.
Great machine that I manage to start programming about an year after just by trying the few commands on the last page of the manual
From then on I had other machines, always trying to get the most out of them but on the university I went to Mechanical Engineering.
I can tell that I never done anything professionally on that area and start my career as a software developer
I usually commit to my company.
I mean, if everybody is on the same ship then we all go down on it.
I just don't go along with extra efforts by my own.
If my boss wants me or my team to do extra effort and sacrifice our time then he must do it too. No exception.
If it's so important then it should be fine with him, if it's not he will manage to put it on the normal stack.
Also if your manage gets mad at you because of your position is just because he don't want to join the effort. This is the time you need to start looking for a new job