Do you love your life?
Are you living the life you want to live, or the one you are taught to live?
For some of us, it takes forever to find out what we want to do. And I think it’s alright. I was in college for years studying all sorts of things, not exactly knowing what I might actually enjoy doing.
Luckily, my first job happened to have me doing what would turn out to be the only thing I would have ever wanted to do. Coding.
And then, as years went by, I saw folks all around me switch to management, lead teams, get promoted, and do what they enjoyed doing. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t have self doubts and wasn’t questioning if I was missing something, or if I was doing something completely wrong.
As much as I pondered over these things (and still do), I stuck to what I truly enjoyed doing, and the only thing I wasn’t terrible at doing. Coding.
I told myself if I wasn’t particularly certain if I was doing the right thing, I might as well do the wrong thing that I actually love doing. Coding.
And then, I had the urge to start a company, and build something. And then, I am constantly being taught about how to run a company, and it isn’t exactly in synch with how I actually want to run it. So, rather than do what I am told, I am doing what I actually feel like doing. Maybe it’s the best way. Maybe it isn’t. But, while I find out what it really is, I will continue doing the one thing I truly enjoy doing. Coding.
The good thing is — when you run a startup, there’s no dearth of things to do. And there’s no dearth of really complex, really difficult things to do. And there’s no shortage of mistakes to make either.
But the pleasure in consistently trying, giving your best, constantly correcting your approach and methodologies, being remarkably overwhelmed, and ever doubtful, and both periodically encouraged and discouraged are all things I would never ever want to trade with anything else.
While there’s no right or wrong, if you feel your current job limits your thinking and curbs your abilities, I would certainly encourage you to do something on your own and push your boundaries.
Some days are fun. Other days not so much. But I strongly believe it’s truly worth it, and couldn’t advocate it more.
I can tell you (even if in 3rd person!) that:
Krish minus his Snowpal experience is 50% of what he knows, at best, and this is despite me working with and for some of the brightest minds in the business for over 2 decades.
Manage your dreams on https://snowpal.com.