The blog of DAVID KOUŘIL

It’s time to WORK

I’ve decided to make some changes in my life and I’m starting a section of the blog that is just about work.

Up to this point, I’ve been going with the flow in my career. I went to do a PhD because it presented itself as an opportunity, and I can’t deny it—I’ve learned a lot. But since then I’ve realized that I am not as excited about academia and visualization research as I should be. And I really do want to be excited about what I do for work.

That’s what this whole thing is about—finding a new career direction, something where I can apply and improve my coding skills, and, ideally at the same time, do something meaningful and fulfilling to me. I know this sounds like such a typical and privileged wish but at this point in my life I think I still have the luxury to think about this.

My biggest weakness right now: I don’t have much to show for. Although I have some things in my ‘coding portfolio’, it doesn’t reflect the kind of work I want to be doing. That means that I need to put in the work. And that’s what #WORK is about.

In this section of the blog I will be writing every week about what’ve been doing towards my goal of creating software my way. I need to learn a lot, dust off any skills that I have, learn new ones. And I need to finish projects.

Although the goal is finding a fulfilling job, I see this as something to continue even if I get the best job I could ever imagine. In that case, I can still imagine a huge benefit of staying active in side projects, exploring new horizons. Not to be constantly looking for a “ship to jump to” but to keep coding exciting and creative.

I’m a big fan of Ash Thorp. This is me taking his advice of busting your ass in your personal projects in order to get to where you want to be with what you do for a living.

Every week, I’ll be here with an update of what I’ve done, what I’ve read, what inspired me, and whatever ideas I want to explore.

I expect this to become boring at some point (I expect it pretty early in fact). But that’s the point. This is supposed to be the behind the scene, the uncut process reel. It’s gonna be a series of updates which I’m using to light a fire under my ass, to get a small extra push for me to work on things and keep going.

And to finish of, just a reminder of a relevant rule #7: