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Quit studying

Thu 24 Apr 2014, 09:34 AM



by Ben Langhinrichs
I saw this journal entry on deviantArt today. I didn't respond there, but I thought it was worth saying something here.


I quit studying IT because it is hard and also boring. -deviantArt journal

Personally, I have had a lot of fun being creative with software and programming. I wish the gentleman well, though I have to say that he may well discover that anything worth doing takes hard work, even photography. Hobbies are fun, but when you try to make them your profession, you have to put in a huge amount of time and effort (the proverbial 10,000 hours), some of which is - dare I say it - boring. The truth is, if you want to do something and do it well, the hard boring work is worth it. Not just for the pay, though that becomes mighty important at times, but for the satisfaction and creativity and joy from doing a job well. I know lots of photographers, some professional and some semi-professional, and I think they would laugh hardily at the idea of photography as a profession that doesn't take hard work and is never boring.

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What has been said:


1052.1. Karl-Henry Martinsson
(04/24/2014 09:40 AM)

If someone does not have the enthusiasm and love for programming/problem solving, he/she will probably not be a good programmer.

To study programming only for a good pay check is just goung to result in another below-average code monkey.


1052.2. Ben Langhinrichs
(04/24/2014 09:50 AM)

Very true, Karl-Henry. That is why I didn't try to dissuade him. If he isn't caught by the passion, he'll never get through the rest. I just wish he understood that even when you have the passion for someething, whatever it is, it will also take hard work and perseverance.