Jennifer Richardson wrote:. To me, working 100 hours a week on software sounds like a much smaller, greyer life than working 40 hours a week and going home to a warm family, a small garden, and a nice tree for the other 60 hours! But obviously you didn't experience it that way.
If I can stray into metaphor for a moment, I think in some ways you're a pioneer species that grows very vigorously and is creating the conditions for us slower-growing folks to thrive in our own quiet ways, with less turnover of resources physical, financial, intellectual, emotional, etc...I am reminded of K-selected and R-selected species...
Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Quote: "How do you feel when you've been put to the test and YOU found YOU to be a champion by YOUR standards? A life champion. A superstar by your own standards. No one else needs to know. You know."
No more words to add ... This is IT!
paul wheaton wrote:
Taking a moment to forget about the tree and forget about the money. How does it feel to know that seven people tried and quit, but you were given the same project with more hurdles and you got it done? How do YOU feel based on YOUR standards? How do you feel when you've been put to the test and YOU found YOU to be a champion by YOUR standards?
A life champion. A superstar by your own standards. No one else needs to know. You know.
The company sold that software for years. Unmodified. I never touched it again. The company gave me no recognition. I was given more tasks. After about eight months I got a healthy raise. My work life was easier, despite my youth, because I had accomplished so much.
Without the challenges, you can never be fucking awesome!
Boris Forkel wrote:Nice writing, good post. My thoughts on that: It's good to work hard, if you're convinced of and stand behind projects you do. I personally have a kind of (doomer)-ethic, that everything i do and work on must accomplish something (as objectively as possible) good for the planet. I think about the problems we're all facing; does what i to help to build new soils, in times of rapid topsoil-loss? does what i to help to mitigate the impacts of climate change, or does it even reduce carbondioxide in the atmosphere? Is what i'm doing helping to improve relationships between living elements on planet earth? Unfortunately, taking such criteria as a measure, most of the conventional jobs fail to do good, many are even harmful.
Applying Permaculture and therefore trying to make the world permanently inhabitable for humans and nonhumans alike seems to be the most challenging job one could imagine nowadays. It was a noble and wise decision to switch from programming to permaculture. You can't work hard enough here, the whole world is at stake. Sorry if i'm a bit dramatic, i read Derrick Jensen not long time ago...
All the best & keep on the good work!
Rob Arnold wrote:Paul, well written and inspiring, but the most interesting part of this post to me was the one word: "Sorta". Does this mean you still need to develop software
Jennifer Richardson wrote:To me, working 100 hours a week on software sounds like a much smaller, greyer life than working 40 hours a week and going home to a warm family, a small garden, and a nice tree for the other 60 hours!
but I feel like from reading some of your posts and listening to some of your podcasts that you undergo a lot more stress and conflict than I generally do
John Derry wrote:Smooth seas do not make skilled sailors.
Len Ovens wrote:
Some times no one needs to know, but somewhere along the road recognition is important.
Mike Schroer wrote:In the past few years I have come to realize that when you are working for someone else you are making them money. If your aren't, you will not have the job. To look at it another way, look at time. Everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day. If someone can get some of someone else's time they get ahead. That is what the whole Capitalism system is about, time and surplus – given to the capitalist.
I am obsessed with permaculture evolving to be better than it is. And I am equally obsessed with more people learning about permaculture.
I'm obsessed with that too, but the other side of the coin is the ugly reality we might be facing without choosing the path of permaculture; how can i advocate Permaculture as the right way without pointing at everything that's going wrong, with (Industrial) Capitalism being one of those things?
Nothing wrong with a symbiotic relationship, it is when it shifts to parasitic that problems ensue.
Len Ovens wrote:Some times no one needs to know, but somewhere along the road recognition is important.