Sustainable Motivations

For this weeks Blog Post I will discussing the pattern known as “Sustainable Motivations”. The Sustainable Motivation pattern is almost what it sounds like, where you require motivation to keep going. Anyone who knows programming knows that if a programmer is given the chance to do it there way, that is there biggest motivation. The context behind this is that you must develop your technical skills because of this you will find yourself working in a messy reality of specified projects for customers with different demands. The problem that arises is that when working in the real world trenches of projects you will find rigorous, tedious, exhausting, frustrating and constraining effects. The solution to this is that you need to ensure your motivations for craftsmanship will be able to adapt and survive through the Long Road ‘s (pattern) trials. For the most part there will be days and more that you love your job, getting paid to develop software and such. Where the work will just come natural to you without much effort. These days wont be ordinary days, because most programming jobs you will face tedious, vague definitions, and overly complex problems. You could even face some spotty leadership problems, difficult coworker personalities and other troubles. Because of this you may begin to question your commitment to the craft. When faced with these problems its almost imperative that you are aligned with the Long Road. Some examples could include you hating your programming job and are only motivated by the money. Where you value climbing the corporate ladder over honing the skills of your craft. But also are motivated by your reputation as a technologist, allowing you to survive and endure to the sun shines once more in your job. Another example could be you are motivated by your enjoyment of actual programming, where you then come up on a length of time where you cant find the love. But you are motivated by the money, and that programming is financially the best option right now, causing you to be motivated. All of these are good examples of how to be motivated but the best way to figure out yourself is to write down some motivations for you. Keeping this list somewhere safe where you can come upon it when times get tough. This pattern is something 96% of people can relate to, in almost any motivational situation and one I will see myself using down the road.

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