Thinking about my career, I realized that, what I think characterizes me the most, is the desire to create great, beautiful, useful and fun, inspiring and easy to use (software) products. Why does this matter? Being a manager is a daily process, a job (a very fun and motivating one, it is true) but not a purpose per se. It is how one contributes to the end result. I think that much more relevant is the underlying reason of why to be a manager. And that, for me, a great part of that reason seems to be the end product. Why is this important? Because, based on this insight, I can build my inner motivation, pick future roles and have a better defined professional purpose. This way, I can choose a wider range of positions, that would allow me to have the greatest impact possible on the outcome of the projects I'm involved in.
Further more, these projects bleed into my private life as well. They consume a lot of thought, a lot of time and emotional investment; they are a big part of who I am, life seems to revolve around them for long periods of time. Feeling good about the end result is almost as important as feeling good about yourself.
(me, wearing my SH5 T-Shirt, when meeting with friends)
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