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Finish this sentence.

By TheProfessorDan ·
I teach a course at a technical school in the Baltimore area. I speak to aspiring IT professionals all the time and try and give them advice. For you veteran IT pros out there, finish this thought "If I can give you any advice about being successful in the I.T. field it would be......"

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Change is a given

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Finish this sentence.

All else follows...

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Job Satisfaction Overrules Salary.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Finish this sentence.

"...to focus on what you enjoy doing, not what pays the most."

I define successful as a job you look forward to, or at least don't mind showing up to daily. We get posts here regularly from people just starting their careers, asking what specialization pays the most. My response is always the same. It doesn't matter how much it pays if you don't enjoy doing it; you'll only spend it on Maalox and therapy.

Tony's advice above is pretty good too.

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Well my response is a little different but still means the same

by OH Smeg In reply to Finish this sentence.

As the above

"If I can give you any advice about being successful in the I.T. field it would be......"

You must love the work above all else.

If you are doing it for money you are going to be very disappointed, successfully working in IT is a Way of Life not a career.

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adapt and learn

by NickNielsen Moderator In reply to Finish this sentence.

If you stop doing either, you might as well apply to McDonald's.

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I find little difference

by santeewelding In reply to Finish this sentence.

Between this, Professor, and a query I posted once in Questions, having to do with, How Is It That I Am...and, tangentially, Ought To Be.

I said at the time that I had worn out my Google Button searching for the answer. Google Button? You don't have a Google Button? I have a Google Button. But, I wore out my Google Button, I said.

So, I settle here. I wait to see if TheProfessorDan garners more with his question than I did.

Let me quickly add that I never did know what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Still don't.

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To know what you want to be...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to I find little difference

you must first realize that you do in fact want to be something.
In the old sense of want, that is.
The prerequisite is, in other words, that you find your being to be wanting.

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What to be

by Jellimonsta In reply to I find little difference

I never did know what I wanted to be when I grew up, either.
Maybe once I grow up, I will.

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Fountain of Youth

by Juanita Marquez In reply to What to be

Outside of most things being legal to do at adulthood, and not having to eat your vegetables when you don't want to, being a grownup is overrated.

I'm with you on the monkeybars, Jelli. :ar!

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By the time I was old enough to know what to do with it

by NickNielsen Moderator In reply to Fountain of Youth

I forgot what it was.

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Now that I'm grown up...

by Dr Dij In reply to Fountain of Youth

When we were very young kids, my dad would come home from work stressed out. He was a school principal at a private school in NY.

When he got to the dinner table he would make us eat our veggies...

We learned that if we asked him how his day was, he forgot about making us eat the veggies :)

Strange tho, now that I'm grown up, veggies are most of what I eat.

One fellow at work is pretty cool except that he doesn't have the 'wisdom of being older'. So as I've grown, I've re-defined "chronologically challenged" as being too young to know how to deal with life the right way. And also realize the time you waste on frivolous activities.

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