Is there a shortcut to excellence?

Published Friday, March 26, 2010 12:29 AM

It started happening while I was still at college. We students have informally divided into two groups, us that were constantly digging for more knowledge and them that were telling us that we will just be stupid programmers. We wanted to be great at software development, but they said that we will be zombies staring at out monitors for the rest of our lives. They had different future in mind for them, where they would be very smart without any effort, work little and be very good paid for that. My favorite quote from them was "I won't be a programmer, I will be a consultant to other programmers" ... straight from collage. Imagine that!  Or "I will stay at the collage and teach others on the advanced software development techniques"... techniques they have never experienced.

 

Think of some person you admire for what they have achieved in their profession. Do you think they earned your respect by being talented or with their passion and hard work? Do you think they were stupid to push so hard?

Albert Einstein was committed to his work but I never heard anybody says that he was staring at formulas for the whole day. Nobody complained that he was always lost in his taught or that his clothes were always wrinkled. And what about Jimmy Hendrix, when you think of him, do you think he was a freak locked up in a room all day long with his guitar? What about Michael Jordan, can you even imagine his commitment to basketball? Do you know he was rated as untalented player when he was in high school?

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by vukoje
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