Originally Posted by 420somewhere
I guarantee you I know the value of a dollar.
When I got out of the Army, I went to college and got a degree in Business, Accounting. I told a female Professor I was going to write a computerized accounting system and she said I couldnít do it.
I went to work for a CPA firm (pushing lead) where everything was still done by hand.
I hated it, I left the firm when I didnít want join the firm (to be groomed for a partnership).
I bought a computer (before IBM PC) and wrote a Client Write-up Package for CPAs. It was successful and it launched my career. I went on to work with major players in the computer industry. I was a contractor working for the defense industry, sold the million dollar deal (Sperry VAR program) and was a Director for a Fortune 50 Medical Software Company for ten years.
It was a blast, doing what I really wanted to do.
Thatís how I found my vision. I didnít start out looking to get rich
But lifeís been good to me.
Wow. Congratulations and respect! ... Thanks for sharing. I liked programming too but as with everything else, i didn't find in me a special talent, i was pretty fast at learning the basics but too slow at grasping the more complex hardware and networking concepts.
I kinda tried a lot of things honestly. I started off with programming, i tried different languages, i tried web development etc.. but then i got bored. I tried (And i still do occasionally, when i don't feel too much shit) drawing... But i have no talent and i studied it and practiced it for over one year but i still am a noob, like, it looks like i started some months ago. Then i tried 3d modelling... Bored of that too. Then music composing, guitar, piano, i have all sorts of DAWs on my pc. Then i fkin got into blacksmithing ffs, but that required too much money to practice and got bored anyways. I looked up any job i could find in the mainstream job psychology websites and still not inspired about any one of them. Useless to say, if we bring up the Maslow's hierarchy of needs, i only got (at least, luckily) the first layer (the physiological one). I am now in need to go to an university and i still don't know a general picture of what i should do, what am i supposed to do... I mean, i can't just choose a random university and spend money on it without even knowing why...
The funny thing is that i have read so many things about self development, inspirational stuff, motivation, self discipline that i could help people solving the same problem i have, but still unable to do so with myself. As a matter of fact i tried doing countless exercises and writing down little life goals or envisions, but i couldn't get more specific, i only could generalize stuff...
Oh right, and people that got some problems with this life meaning/passion/ikigai thing are welcome to write down or vent (moderately) in this thread. This is my little contribution to the forum, i couldn't find any similar thread (or i just suck at searching too).
Also, guys sorry but i don't know how to quote more people in the same post and i don't want to flood the thread, so, i just implicitly quoted you.