I just sent out a survey asking my students to tell me what courses they want me to create for them in 2020. As I was reviewing the responses, I came across this message:
It almost put me in tears!
Seeing your success is the most rewarding part of my job. That’s what wakes me up every day and keeps me going despite the difficult times of course production. I love what I do! And I believe anyone can be successful if they do what they love to do.
That’s literally the only ingredient for success. Some people say it’s the determination and consistency that bring you success. I disagree. If you do what you love, determination and consistency come naturally.
I worked really hard in my last job and never got any recognition from the CEO. Every month, they awarded someone as the employee of the month. Most of the time, the nominees were people in the sales or customer support team, essentially anyone who brought more money on the table. Not us developers working at the back of the office. The CEO didn’t even know my name, nor did he care who I was. At the same time, I was getting a lot of “thank you” emails from my students for teaching online part-time.
That’s why I decided to quit and teach full time. I didn’t want to dedicate my time and energy making others rich who cared less about who I was.
I knew I’d be making less money than my full-time salary as a senior software engineer. But I didn’t care.
I knew that by teaching, I could help a lot of people in the world become successful. And I knew I’d hear from them, appreciating my work.
To the person who wrote this in the survey. I don’t know your name, I don’t know who you are and where you live, but I can tell you that I’m so proud of you. I’m proud of your determination and not giving up and getting to the top level. Well done!
I hope to hear more success stories like this.