Seems like working hard to get on top just isn’t as popular as it was when I grew up. There wasn’t such a thing as a computer, but, I spent countless days and nights to figure it out. Every new type of computer that came out I had to try…
I owe a lot to the TRS 80, the Timex computer, the Texas instruments pc, and even the Commodore 64
Before PC’s started coming out I reminisce about how I would type basic code from examples and write data lines, save them to cassette tape and reload them to work on them again (which didn’t always work 100%). I started investing in stock and created a graphic program to show the historical data of the investments by typing in the daily prices from the newspaper. It took a lot of stick-to-itiveness to do it.
When I first started writing business applications I kept one thing in mind through all of this experience, there isn’t anything I can’t make a computer do. How many times have you hired a programmer, or consultant and the next words out of their mouth is “That can’t be done”? Why? Call me crazy, but, that’s the secret, if you work hard at something, don’t accept defeat!
Seems like the up and coming have an attitude of pay me a lot now, but, then show me how to do it because I don’t know how. I know, it seems like a rant of “I walked 5 miles in the snow to get to school when I was your age…” that our parents told us. But, really, seriously?
The moral of the story is, working hard is the American way, and a Christian ethic, so lets not forget it!
If you have a project that someone told you couldn’t be done, give me a call, then stand back and watch an American do it!