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Programmer searching for a happier lifestyle

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by cebollo3, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. cebollo3

    cebollo3 Newbie

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    Hello;

    I've been lurking this forum for way too long now without actually taking any actions, and I thought that introducing myself could help me in gathering the courage to do something.

    I found it really depressing to see that many years of studying systems engineering were just leading me to a 9 to 18 job (most software development jobs in my country go from 9 to 18), hanging around an office, drinking coffee, maybe putting out some 3 to 4 hours a day of actual focused work, since meetings were as frequent as interruptions.

    A couple of months ago, I decided to quit my job and try to be my own boss, from home. I did quit, but I found myself taking the first job I was offered from home, instead of starting my own project. This was not entirely bad, though. Getting out of the confort of having a steady job showed me it was actually possible to earn as much, working half of the time and from home.

    Still, I feel that I have not been faithful to my original goals. I just don't want to work for work's sake any longer. I believe that it is possible to focus on generating value with the simplest available solution rather than looking busy reimplementing things in the latest technologies.

    I believe that this mindset is shared among the users of this forum, and that's why I'm here.

    I would like to start an internet venture, and gradually move away from my day job.

    If I finally pull my stuff together and set myself on an idea, I'll post it on the Journey section.

    Until then, I just wanted to say hi.
     
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  2. FUmoney

    FUmoney Newbie

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    Welcome buddy
    We've all been there before. The key is to just get started!

    Prosperous Regards,
    FUmoney
     
  3. yasin2106

    yasin2106 Newbie

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    Wow that takes bug guts. How are you finding it? I'm considering the same thing. If you need any help with design etc let me know :)
    Good luck.
    Yaz
     
  4. cebollo3

    cebollo3 Newbie

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    Thank you, FUmouney.

    Yaz, if you feel like you're dying a little every minute you spend in a cubicle, go for it. It's not all fun an giggles, though. It can get lonely at times, and you are pretty much on your own (e.g.: medical insurance). There's no gym bonus nor dental care, no colleagues, etc.

    I got my hand on a Tim Ferris book, perhaps at a time where my head was quite hot to think clearly. The basic question it got into my head was 'What's the worst case scenario if you quit your job and everything you planned goes awfully wrong?'. In my case, it was getting another 9hs, soul consuming job, but with a more peaceful mind about at least having tried.

    That being said, freedom to spend your day anyway you want, even if it means doing nothing productive for a day, feels quite awesome.
     
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