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"I think we have to stop conforming. If you hate coming into work at 9AM, stop. If you don't like going to pointless meetings, don't. If you don't want to work on (or watch) the latest Hollywood blockbuster, don't. Twenty-first century institutions aren't going to be built by 20th century worker bees slaving away to keep the crumbling pyramid propped up at all costs. (...)
Yesterday's institutions ask us to make increasingly bad tradeoffs, riddled with painful dilemma. It's one thing to offer a life of meaningless work in exchange for a huge paycheck; it's another to offer it in exchange for a stagnant median wage. Want that education? Here's a lifetime of crippling debt. Want to serve society? Great! Here's the pittance public servants have always received — without the security."
I know: it's not manly, dignified, or barely mentionable in polite conversation. But here's the thing. Lately, I've been in the middle of a full-blown omg what-the-hell-where-is-it-all-going-and-what'...
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Exactly that. I haven't had a "job" in nearly three years, and I love my life so much more now.
 
Startups are another way to pursue something that you are passionate about as well as providing you with an avenue to create the future. They may not pay the best wages but they typically offer more satisfaction than a 9 to 5.
 
I am very happy to see people thinking critically about what's necessary to put food on their table, but I think it's worth noting that this idea only works if a person enjoys an activity that's actually a viable source of income. I'm not certain that everybody is lucky enough to be wired that way.
 
Cannot relate. Spent the prior 10 years on a side-track: work and raising my kids were pretty much my entire life. Kept a dull job, as it let me work from home, and take care of my kids after a divorce.

Change of life. Kids do not need my time anymore (or very little). Now working in an office at EMC (a very large company). Took the job as the guy I interviewed with was exactly the sort I wanted. He plays all the games (and enjoys it), deals with all the management noise, then gets out of the way so developers can work.

EMC always impressed me as a completely uninteresting company. Turns out ... at least for this job ... this is fun. Company is growing like crazy, and even more so our product group. Pay is decent, usual benefits (and a bit more), regular bonuses (first time I've had this), stock grants, options, and a discounted purchase plan. (Makes a substantial difference if you stick around.)

Landed in a project right in the cutting edge (cloud-based tech). Odds are - we are going to make an insane amount of money for the company, at a company in the habit of paying out on successful products. This could prove very profitable ... and I am working for the most part regular hours, and (for once) do not take my work home. (This month is an exception - going flat out to get the project launched.)

Very odd that for the first time I have landed a very rewarding very corporate job (most of my prior time was a smaller/startup outfits), when so many others cannot find anything similar.
 
Oh ... and I should add, if you know anyone good near our area (Irvine, California), we are way behind on our hiring targets, as we cannot find enough good developers. We have budget to hire a lot of new folk.
 
I'm finding that doing what I'd like to do generally means building it; whether inside the company I'm at or outside of it.
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