To thine own self be true

“Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens.”
― Frank Herbert, Dune

I have had the opportunity to do lots of interesting stuff. I’ve been a developer, a manager, a consultant, a writer and an entrepreneur. I have helped create a company and get a few others going. I have worked at small startups as well as at larger established companies.

Some of this was by design, some of this was by accident. Some I loved, some I tolerated and some I actually disliked. Regardless, I have always put my best effort into every job and every endeavour I’ve taken.

Through this journey I took the time to write over a dozen books and hundreds of articles about topics on which I was personally interested. Sometimes I did it with a friend, sometimes alone. In going through all this I came to feel that I can do almost anything I put my mind to. I know will not always get it right. Sometimes I will stumble along the path or run into a wall. No matter. I will get up or choose a new path.

Life is about change. Life should always be about doing your best, regardless of what you are doing. If you settle for less, you settle for mediocrity.

You must always be ready for change and embrace it, when it comes. Change for change’s sake is not necessarily a good thing, so you should seek it only when it is needed.

Life is about challenge, for life without it becomes meaningless. It is about helping others. It is about teamwork and collaboration. It’s about having fun.

Reflecting on what I have done, where I have been, what I have accomplished and how I have lived has given me the peace to know that no matter what the future may hold I will meet it with confidence.

I might stumble, I might make mistakes, but I will not settle for just sitting back and letting life go by.

Always ask yourself if you are doing what you should be doing. Always question. Always look for a way to do things better.

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
― Steve Jobs

Life is about creation. It is about doing, not just watching. Work should be about satisfaction and fun. If you go to work everyday and you find no satisfaction and have no fun, you need change.