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How to find your passion/what you love ?

Anila Mathew
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Joined: Jun 16, 2004
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Hi All,

After being around 10 years in IT, I wonder sometimes, is that what I really love. I am not so sure. I loved working in Java, Coding/Design etc., but over a period of time, I don't know if it brought the same excitement. I also know what else I like? Have any one felt like that ? Would love to hear your opinion.

Vinod Tiwari
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I have felt it at time usually when work becomes monotonous. However I think it must be happening in any work - IT or non-IT.

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Jayesh A Lalwani
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Yeah 3 years ago, I had just left a really difficult job, and joined my current employer. I was so burnt out, I thought I would retire from IT. I had 14 years experience, And in my previous job I had to tried to take a PM role, and it was a big mess. I liked baking as a hobby, so I thought, in 5 years ill retire from IT and open a restaurant.

So, I started going to cooking school at nights. I thought 2 years of school, and 3 years of working part time, I would be ready to open my own place. I dreamt of opening a fine dining Indian restaurant in the suburbs of Washington DC. See, there are lot of Indian restaurants in the suburbs and some fine dining restaurants in the city, but no fine dining Indian in the suburbs. And most of the Indian population lives in the suburbs. Also, where I live, the metro is going to be coming in 2013. So, it will be easier for people to get here. So I thought my timing was perfect

So, I go to cooking school in the evenings. Let me tell you cooking is hard hard work. Going from sitting in a air conditioned office for 8 hrs, driving 2 hrs to and for in an air condition car, and s,erupting and watching tv in an air conditioned home to standing in a hot kitchen for 2 hours is HARD. You are sweaty, your back hurts, your feet hurt.

Secondly, and with all apologies to anyone in the food service industry, people who generally go into restaurant business are not the sharpest knives in the drawer. Yes, there are couple of very smart cooks out there, but a lot of them would never be able read through a textbook. IT schools weed out dumb people, and no matter how dumb you think your coworkers are right now, their average intelligence is much higher than the average intelligence of cooks. Those cooks are pretty talented for sure. Much talented than me. This is one thing I found about myself. I can't be around dumb people. I like being around people with degrees. Yes, I'm somewhat of a classist, and I'm not proud of it, but that's what I am. I talked with some succesful people in the industry, and they said the same thing: generally line workers in the restaurant business are not very smart, and people who are smart and talented go on to become huge successes. That could have been me. Except I couldn't stand for hours, and I could stand those people.

So, to cut the long story short. I am glad I tried cooking school because I figured out things about myself, and eventually realized that things aren't so bad at all in my IT career. Things opened up at my new job, and I realized my frustration was mainly because i tried to take a role that i am not particularly suited for in a company that didnt have the resources to train me in the new role. I guess I am happy now

My advice is if you are burnt out, go try whatever you want to try. You just might realize how much you like your new career, or you might realize how much you like IT. Either way, there's no loss.
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meditate every day - 20 minutes will do - quiet your mind - it will let "what makes you happy" come to the surface

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Anayonkar Shivalkar

Joined: Dec 08, 2010
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Most importantly - break the comfort zone. Its a very dangerous place.

Anayonkar Shivalkar (SCJP, SCWCD, OCMJD, OCEEJBD)
Andy Jack
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Joined: Nov 22, 2012
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Jayesh A Lalwani wrote:Yeah 3 years ago,............................ Either way, there's no loss.

I was just about to suggest spending some more time on hobbies before I read this. Its good spend time on your hobbies whenever you get the chance. It refreshes my mind and I feel energetic while doing work (coding, studying and stuff). Maybe you can get into some social work also. It makes me happy to see that I could make someones life better, even if in a very small way.

Good luck.

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Andy Jack
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Vinod Tiwari wrote:I have felt it at time usually when work becomes monotonous. However I think it must be happening in any work - IT or non-IT.

I suspect that most work most people do is monotonous most of the time, that is you rarely get something fun and interesting to do. This boredom could be a sign that you are in the wrong profession
or, as Anayonkar Shivalkar mentioned, a sign that you should take on some new, challenging work.
Anila Mathew
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Joined: Jun 16, 2004
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Thanks All for your replies. Glad to know some of you had the same feeling. I started thinking about this more when I heard Steve Job's Stanford (not sure) speech when he said "Don't Settle until you find your passion".

Bert - Thanks, I spent quite time everyday, but not yet found anything solid that could make me happy.

But I believe "Seek and ye will find it", so I might really find it one day.
vijay jamadade
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Even i had this feeling. I always think that one businessman is inside me which gives so many ideas of business each day but at the end due to other responsibilities of family and other i had to stop that thinking. This again frustrates me. After a lot of thinking i found that one more thing frustrates you, if there is no change in routine life you will get frustrated.

Satisfaction can come from anything... even doing small thing like pending work makes you happy !!!

Regards, Vijay Jamadade.
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