When I started my career in 2011 I was a big fan of Elon Musk’s quotes “When you have an 80hr work week and others having 40hr week, when both complete a year, you will have double the experience of other, and you will achieve what you were supposed to achieve in 2yrs!”
When I am completing a decade in the IT industry these are my thoughts,
Passion Keeps you Awake
I still remember one of my final round of interview with the CEO of a company I worked for. He asked me “Will you be ready to work for 15hrs a day?” I was young, didn’t have family living with me, had a lot of time, and more than that I desperately wanted that job. So, I said “Yes”. Literally, I have worked for 15hrs some days, though I enjoyed it!
Spending so much time on technology created a passion in me. My thoughts were full of tech, day and night – which kept me motivated everyday, opened many opportunities, and made me not work for money but, just do what I love.
Change of Perspective
When I was a developer I believed that product is everything and sales is such a dumb profession. Sales think the opposite – for them, product doesn’t matter. Someone good with sales can sell anything.
The perspective on each domain comes from experience of a person, industry he/she worked in. Wouldn’t be great if we get an opportunity to work in different domains of business and have collective perspective of everything important around us? Would that help define a better strategy, critical decisions?
I’m a perspective guy – I’m quite interested in putting my hands in different domains of business I’m into. It has helped me a lot in talking to customers and others in the industry effectively and take the right decisions!
Mentor, a Must Have
As Steve Jobs once said, “Sometimes life will hit your head with a brick”. In the career, it sometimes appears in the form of decision making – should I take that new role? should I leave the company? how should I ask for a promotion? etc.
Being an inexperienced person it is hard to take big decisions. So, it’s your mentor who could guide you with his wisdom. I have a great mentor I’m thankful to, though didn’t meet him in person.
Finally – I am so greatly to everyone who gave me the opportunity to explore the world of enterprise software!