I loved this talk.
So much truth in who we are can be seen in our motivations. Looking at my own I notice a number of things:
- Creating software and web applications are not simple, straightforward tasks that can be completed without thinking. Working software requires a lot of thought. Furthermore, working software that is also well designed software is honestly more art than it is science.
- I want to work on cool, interesting ideas. I am passionate about programming. I enjoy it.
- Motivation is more important than compensation.
Right now, I am winding down in my first job search for after college. It has been a fun journey with lots of interviews, some let downs, a few surprises, and tons of experience. When confronted with my end choices of possible employers, I’m not looking at where I could make the most money. I’m looking at where I think I will get the most motivation and paid enough for my work. I want to think about my work and create interesting things. I am passionate about programming after all, not balancing my checkbook.