If you could go back in time and meet yourself on Day One of your IT career, what advice would you give?
This was harder to answer than I thought it would be. I guess the most important piece of advice would be the thoroughly un-original: don't 'go with the flow' in your job, accepting things the way they are; take a more active role in managing your career.
A few more bon mots from the present to the 1970-something version of me:
- Don't waste your time trying to be a programmer; you're not going to be very good at it.
- You're going to write an application using a product named 'dBase' on a 'Personal Computer' in a few years, and you're going to think it's pretty cool. Stay focused on that.
- There's going to be this company called 'Apple'. When their stock gets ridiculously low, buy it - lots of it. We'll both be glad you did.