I’m not smart, I work hard

“Your Smart!” They said to me but I replied, “not really, I just work hard”. It’s funny when someone comes to me and calls me smart when couple years ago, supposively I wasn’t so smart. I’m not smarter than the next average Joe but a harder worker, let me tell you.

If they saw me everyday trying to program, reading a book, learning a little a day everyday they would see its not about physical ability or genetic lottery but determination with a mixture of perseverance.

It doesnt matter how much you explain to someone they can never understand the time, the tears, the sweat nor the blood it took to get me to the “smart” part of my life. Many are fooled because they believe they can’t achieve the same results but the only thing keeping them from reaching it is the ability to put in the work. It’s not possible to change overnight but you can change your direction.

You’re a Business, The employed and self-employed

You probably heard it before “I enjoy being my own boss because I make my own rules and I have freedom”. A very general description because you’re free from WHAT? You may not have a person as a boss but that role is switched to your customers, they’re your boss. You may have this false feeling of freedom but you’re bound to customer complaints, returns, paperwork and so on. It’s cool to walk around and say “I’m my own boss, I make my own rules” to your friends. But depending on the situation having your own business isn’t the best idea. Being your own boss is still having a job but your responsibility is different, and many sacrifices are required to be successful.

I’m a business no matter what. If I’m an employee or employer whatever it is I’m still the owner of myself and the money I make. When I work I give my best and want to be compensated accordingly. If this can’t be done, my business (myself) will switch different markets (job). When this market(job) is not cutting it, then I should venture in new territories(self-employed).

There’s always a flip side to the coin, a yin and a yang, risks and rewards and we need to make the best decisions for the current situation. I’m all for starting your own business and it is my ultimate goal. I won’t do it because I’m lazy of responsibility or work, but because my job just isn’t cutting it anymore.

>Hit the road Dogma

>Steve Jobs said it the best “Don’t go out living other people dogma”. In business, programming, sports and life people want to force their opinion on you wishing they had what you have and then telling what you should do. Oh if only I had your age, lack of money, computer, size of your head, number of toes.

When someone finds out that I’m a programmer they say “oh that makes a lot of money, you should work for blah blah blah”. Why? What if I want to keep programming interesting and fun, not make into a dreading job.

People will hate on someone who finds satisfaction in things where the majority won’t. If a millionaire lives a simple life or if a young professional athlete is not living a party life and has a strong religion(Tim Tebow) their must be something wrong with them.

Let my neighbor do his thang and I’ll do my thang. I have my style, my vision, my perfection, my imperfections and if I have to change I will but not because of dogma.

>Don’t look at the results

>Don’t look at the results, look at the direction.

It’s easy to get discouraged when the results are not what you expect it to be. In reality much of the result will come much time after. You may forget what you went through to be where you are today. A farmer cannot plant today and harvest tomorrow. Depending on what he is planting it may take to 7 years to see the fruits of his labor. Not to mention the contingency such as drought, freezing, storm and so on that can keep him from seeing his fruits even longer. But as long he keeps planting one thing is certain “there’s a chance”

>Quote: Perseverance

>To quote President Calvin Coolidge:
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Back in 1995, Steve Jobs added: “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance”.

Michael Jordan quote: “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

>Don’t focus on the pain

>Don’t focus on the pain until the pain comes. When you go to exercise the main reason you procrastinate is because your trying to avoid pain but if you don’t focus on that but focus on putting you clothes, then walking out the house, sketching and so on. Focus on the next step.

In programming I use the same philosophy. If I think about building this huge software I’ll get discouraged but if I focus one day at a time, adding to a little each day makes it a lot easier to move foward.

>Looks can be Deceiving

>Its funny how many companies, clients and employers miss great talent to hire or give an opportunity to someone because they’re blinded by their perception of how something should “look like”. If you look too young, look introvert, look blah blah blah.

Even if you have shown your capability the opportunity is given to someone who “looks” capable but can’t back it up. I’m tired of reading stories about people leaving their high paid jobs to start their own company and who sold their companies but later quit because they didn’t have the freedom to do want they wanted. If he created a successful company that made you want to buy why would you remove the creators ability to innovate, stupidity.

In a perfect world this wouldn’t happen but we don’t live in a perfect world, so don’t spend time worrying about it. If you don’t like it, move! You’re not a tree. Maybe its time to hire or give the opportunity to that person you see in the mirror that you have overlook for a very long time.

>Extention of your Memory

>”Usually when I want to remember something I blog about it. Because I can go back and look it up”. I read this somewhere and was able to relate to it.

Most of my post are about projects I’ve been working on that week or that day. It helps to remember what you have learned when its organized and made comprehensive to others in writing. It gives you clarity on what’s in your head and also a better understanding. Most of my writing I have to rewrite because the first draft is crazy confusing and the information is fresh in my head. But whats fresh today may not be still there a month down the road, forcing me to forget. If everything fails I can always come to my blog, run a search and BAM there’s the answer. Extention of your Memory!