I've been looking around me lately, and I have noticed something very profound.

I naturally tend to gravitate toward those people who are very good at what they do, whether it be programming, system administration, caring for plants, fixing automobiles, or practicing law. I find myself drawn to those with ambition, goals, drive, and determination. Each time I find someone who has a fire in his heart about something, I remember Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

I also find my drive being refueled by people who have their own fire. When I'm with someone who is excellent in some way, I get inspired. I see what it is like to be very good and I want that. I want to be known for my talents. I want someone to look at me and say, "He's the webserver guru." I want someone to know me as "the perl guru", or "the security guru", or the "linux guru".

I guess that is the reason I keep O'Reilly in business, that is the reason I frequent this site, that is the reason I ask questions, and that is the reason I answer questions. I have a scripts directory in my home directory with files named like "am-0731.pl" and "princepawn-1.pl" and "am-list.pl". I routinely try the code that gets posted here to see if I am completely sure of what it does. I use this site as a laboratory where each day I get challenged.

I want to be known as being the top in my field. I want to be a mover and shaker of my industry, no matter what it is or may be. I want to be a Saint, if for no other reason than because it means I have accomplished something rare. I want to challenge myself to do impossible things.

I guess that is why I like perl. It makes impossible things doable.

J. J. Horner

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RE: Atlas
by spectre (Scribe) on Aug 01, 2000 at 23:07 UTC
    The Ayn Rand reference aside, good post.
    Oh, and, it doesnt take insane self-absorbtion and incredible callousness to others to be excellent, nor does it follow that people who aren't excellent are always lazy, finger pointing lacklusters with no drive.
    Regardless of what Atlas Shurgged suggests.
by gryng (Hermit) on Aug 01, 2000 at 22:56 UTC
    Glub, glub, glub... mmmm tastey morsel! Reminds me of a scooby snack :) .

    Thanks :) ,

    Update: Just so you know, the above was meant as a sincere compliment. (Just in case that's why I've gotten 4 --'s for it).

RE: Atlas
by meonkeys (Chaplain) on Aug 01, 2000 at 23:41 UTC
    Definitely an invigorating message. Thank you!

    On the topic of reasons why this site rocks:

    "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."
    --Eleanor Roosevelt
RE: Atlas
by theorbtwo (Prior) on Aug 01, 2000 at 21:43 UTC
    Wow. This is such a wonderful post.
    It makes me want to be a guru myself. Definatly a fuel stop post.

    In fact, I'm going to go rewrite a script right now.

    James Mastros,
    Just Another Perl Neonate
RE: Atlas
by royalanjr (Chaplain) on Aug 02, 2000 at 00:52 UTC
    Great thoughts JJ. Yet another reason I come to this place.

    Roy Alan