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Re: Prove/Improve your Self/Skills

by robartes (Priest)
on Oct 17, 2002 at 22:53 UTC ( #206180=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Prove/Improve your Self/Skills

Good point.

I think this is something a lot of us on here can relate to. We do not get the same satisfaction and sense of accomplishment and even personal fulfillment (sp?) from "proving" ourselves and our abilities (or lack thereof) to other people than we do from pulling off something we for whatever valid or invalid reason previously thought too difficult to pull off.

IMHO, a common thread in many a techie's (insert your own favourite species name) psychological makeup is the fact that they are basically self-motivators. We don't get much oompf out of doing what we're told are asked to do and doing it well, but rather out of doing something that challenges, improves and broadens our skills (or, again, lack thereof). This does not only apply to programming BTW, but to any skillset a techie is commonly called upon to exhibit.

The lucky ones among us are those who can routinely combine "proving" themselves with "improving" themselves, as you have done in this particular project.

Oh and, just to put an end to my rambling incoherecy, there is probably a point to be made that this principle is valid for just about anybody, not only techies. In fact, it is probably this very principle that inspired some nameless heroes in our collective ancestry to go out and kill the first mammoth or tame the first camel (forgive me the use of 'tame' and 'camel' in the same sentence), thereby setting humanity firmly on the path that lead us to such wonders as TCP/IP, Perl and chocolate covered cheese cake. :)


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