“getting a lot of people to hate you is easy — all you have to do is become really successful at doing something you love.”
Evil Plans, Hugh MacLeod
Since when did it become a crime to feel good about loving what you do (and telling people about it)? Maybe it’s a byproduct of my stereotypical Canadian modesty but I always seem to feel guilty talking about how much I enjoy what I do. I rarely mention that I sometimes like to just sit and think about a research problem for an entire afternoon, or how I sometimes start coding in the morning only to realize it’s dark already, or the fact that I get paid to do this! Not to mention that I have amazingly flexible work hours, get to travel to conferences around the world, and get to work with some of the smartest people I know. (Aren’t you hating me already?)
I’m trying to shake this habit though. I don’t want the critics and the haters to stop me from changing the world (in my own small little way) and I sure as hell don’t want them to stop me from sharing it with people. Besides I try to keep in mind this fact: anything worth doing is always going to piss some people off — just not the ones that matter.