I subscribe to WAY too many newsletters.
One arrived in my mailbox the other morning.
It might have been written by an algorithm.
But I suspect it was written by a (harried) human being.
Anyway, the newsletter suggested two articles that I might want to read ("based on your interests"):
- How I got a second degree and earned 5 developer certifications in just one year, while working and raising two kids
I’ve done a lot in the past year. I earned two Oracle Java Certifications, two CompTia Certifications, and freeCodeCamp’s Front End Certification. Each of these take most people many months of preparation, but I did them all in three weeks each.
And last but not least, I completed all the coursework necessary to earn a second Bachelor’s degree in software development from an accredited university, in less than six months.
I did this all while working full-time, spending time regularly with my wife and two young kids, and volunteering in my community.
- there’s no glory in overworking: it’s just imminent burnout.
I became a shell of who I once was, feeding more and more of myself to the parasite that was my job, in many desperate attempts to prove my worthiness. I couldn’t remember why I was trying so hard, or who I was doing it for. All I knew was: keep going, keep working, keep pushing.
I clung tightly to the ‘workaholic’ badge like a life vest—it was my salvation, confirmation that I wasn’t drowning.
In trying my hardest not to be average, I had become exactly that.