Step out of the shadow cast down by your ego

Don’t define yourself by your job. You are a fascinating unique intersection of many identities, including your job and your vocation, but even when these align, you are much more.

You have friends and family. You have friends outside work but in your vocation who are a great sounding board. Use them to explore the market. Not necessarily to find a new job but to be sure your current one is giving you what you need.

Don’t define yourself by your code. Be passionate about it, be proud of it, but don’t give yourself to it. It will consume you in every imperfection found in review, in every late night and weekend you spend fixing one last bug, in every sleepless night worrying about the things the users don’t care about.

If you don’t have balance, it can destroy you.

Be comfortable in yourself and your code and work will follow. If you don’t know who you are, find out, accept your flaws and limitations and choose which you will improve and which you will defer to others.

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