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The Software Craftsman: Professionalism, Pragmatism, Pride by Sandro Mancuso

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8. The Long Road

Everyone wants to be good at something. The motivations may vary a little but one thing is true for all of us: mastering something gives us pleasure. We become proud of ourselves, even if no one else cares about it. However, very few of us have the focus and determination that is required to master something. Very few of us are willing to walk the long and hard road to mastery.

This chapter is about our careers and the things that really motivate us. Are we really looking after our careers? Do we really know where we are going or where we want to be? What are the things that really motivate us to do a great job? Should we see our jobs as an investment? If yes, what should be the return on our investment?

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