Being a software professional during these times of economic slump is perceived by a majority of the population as a huge risk. The same profession that was considered the best by the same people just a few months ago is now considered a gamble.
I hear many people saying that the trouble in being a software engineer now is that we are expected to be proactive, trying to push ourselves further and come up with innovative ideas. I say, is that not something any professional has to do during the entire span of his/her profession? I do not restrict the statement above, as one applicable only to software professionals. Any one, doing any job Is not the value we add to our job or hobby or service, the factor that sets us apart from others? Do we not look for the best person to stitch our dress, the best maid to clean our house, the hotel that offers our the most sumptuous dinner and the transport agency that takes us to our destination faster than the others?
When we expect the best from others, dont we have to stop and consider the fact that others also, would naturally expect the best from us? True, no one can be perfect, but we all can strive to be better than what we already are. No one can stop others from firing you, but you can make sure that they accept you in some other company. No one can stop your unfair manager from showing favoritism, but you can definitely focus ones energy on things that will hone your skills. That definitely is more worthwhile than cribbing about your manager over whom you do not have control. True talent and sincerity can not ever be ignored for a long time nor will it go unrecognized.
Finally I believe that whatever an individual truly wishes, heart of hearts, is what happens to him/her. If one says aloud, I want to be the CEO of a great company but inside you also think, Me..CEO?? (sigh) I am not even able to get my energy recognized by my how do I become a CEO?.. That is what you truly thinkyou believe that you dont deserve to be the CEO and you dont become one. Finally, people end up saying that nothing is fair in life.
Let us start each day positively and progress towards our moments of glory, with an alert and eager mind. I believe Tough times never last, but tough people do!