Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, IT careers, IT Management, work-life balance
While doing some cleanup yesterday I ran across my “spare” bumper sticker which I purchased at a Ben & Jerry’s a few summers ago. At the time I purchased 2 of the stickers because I loved the message so much – 1 for the car I was driving then, and 1 for my next car. The time has come – next warm day I’ll clean the car (…or at least the bumper!) and install the bumper sticker. “If it’s NOT fun – Why do it?” has really been very much a part of me all my life.
Even in my early career in manufacturing production control I expressed my thoughts very freely to my co-workers. Imagine my surprise when it came back to haunt me when an employee I hired a few months previously walked into my office and told me something like this — “It’s not fun — so I’m not doing it any more! I’ll be gone in 2 weeks!” That was an eye opener!
Each time I see the phrase I’m reminded that indeed I do have choices to make. As frustrating and difficult as IT (Information Technology in ths case) is, and as strong as my love / hate relationship with IT is, I remind myself that I am fortunate to have the choice of doing IT or not. I also have choice as to how I do IT — every client I deal with, just as they interviewed and evaluated me for the work they wanted done, I also have evaluated potential clients to at least “best guess” how well I will be able to work with the potential client. I can honestly say that such client evaluation has served me well since I can have fun with my clients – and we’re better off for it! (Especially during those hard times of dealing with system failures or “bugs”!)