I started my first “real” job as a programmer on my 31st birthday. They gave me a quick tour and two thick technical manuals to study — my onboarding — and that was it. By my second day, I’d already finished both. So I went to ask my boss for a real project — persisting until he assigned me program modifications and a tight deadline (my idea).
It led to a lot of overtime and working through a weekend, but I finished on time. And by the end of my first year at the company, I’d gotten three raises.
My impatience was a virtue.
In truth, I think it still is.
Whether you’re a developer or a writer or in customer service, whether you’re working for a manager or directly with a client, you need a sense of urgency and importance to what you’re doing. Concrete goals and deadlines are what keep you focused and moving forward. So even if you feel that sense of urgency is missing at times, take it from me and create it for yourself.
It’ll come back to you in the end.
— Fred Ode