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Yes, Dream Jobs Do Exist

Perhaps I have insufficient cynicism

In 1989, I heard a radio interview with the baseball legend “Hammering Hank” Hank Aaron.

In the interview, he said, “I love this so much that I can’t believe people actually pay me to do this.” (Or words to that effect, it was long ago.)

And I thought to myself, “There is a person who understands what it is like to be a programmer.”

Since then, I have been surprised that not all programmers feel that way.

The “why’s” of that are a story for another day, though “Stop Writing Dead Programs” by Jack Rusher (Strange Loop 2022) tells an essential part of that story.

When I read Lora Korpar’s sensible “Do Dream Jobs Exist?” article, it saddens me to think that people think it is impossible (or perhaps practical) to find their dream jobs.

Then I looked through my appointment calendar and journal for the past year. Leaving aside founders, I found vanishing few people with Hammering Hank’s outlook. And I got sadder.

So, in an attempt to feel better, I ask three questions.

First, what can you do to make your current job into your dream job, or at least a step closer to a dream and further from being a nightmare?

Second, what can you do for your staff, coworkers, and bosses?

And finally, your vendors and suppliers?

Perhaps, dreams are not just found. Perhaps, they are made.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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