Lately my day to day work has been tedious and quite unrewarding. Yet every morning I start the day and try to do the best that I can. Frequently, as of late, it seems like a waste.
So, as Kim eloquently asked me, Why do I care?
The best answer I could come up with at the time was “Because if I stop caring about my work, if I stop caring about my craft then they’ve won. I take pride in what I do, and if I lose that, I may as well quit programming altogether and do something else.”
Is it worth investing myself in a project that seems to have members of our team actively work against what should be our common goal? Probably not – but I like myself better this way.
Maybe they’re afraid that this project will be a success. It replaces everything they’re comfortable with. It discards their whole knowledge base on how to fix things if they go wrong. It makes them do things in new ways.
I’m not going to let them destroy my pride. I value myself more than that.