1 thought on “I’ve realized I’m a sinful utility developer

  1. This is what happens when you let your job define your life.

    This person needs therapy, not more Leetcode practice. This reads like a person who is having a mid-life crisis and hasn't found their role in life. Which is sad, because they seem to have a partner and a child, and as a dad myself, I know I'm vastly more concerned about being a good dad than I am about writing efficient code. In fact it's made focusing on work pretty hard, because I just don't find it that important anymore. It's hard to find the motivation to push yourself at work, because in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter jack shit.

    Also, you KNOW these interview processes are bullshit, so why would you let poor performance when doing them affect your self-image so much? Being good at software interviews and actually being good at your job are vastly different skillsets, but interestingly, being good at interviewing is a better paying skill to have. This has been known for over a decade.

    If you're struggling for money, take some time to learn how to game those useless interviews. You can master the process in a couple of months. If you're a veteran of the industry, reach out to old colleagues and see who's hiring. I didn't even interview for my current job, the CTO just vouched for me and I was hired. That's what happens when you take time to build a network. and I don't mean "networking", as in sleazing up people at conferences and spamming linkedIn invites. I mean keeping in touch with people you've worked with, who know you're a reliable person who gets stuff done, and isn't an asshole.

    And if money isn't an issue, focus on appreciating what really matters in life; your family. Algorithms and data structures can go fuck themselves, they're not important.

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