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Do What You Can or Do what You Love?
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I love CNTT what Programming Language I should start to learn?
Em dam me lap trinh vien em nen hoc Dai hoc nao?
I finished C++ what language I should learn next?
Em phan van giua lap trinh vien WEB va BACKEND?
A lot of funny questions in a Vietnamese forum. Firstly I gave some of them advice, then I slowly found out that my advice is like "Nuoc do dau vit". It bounded off. It dripped off like water on the lotus leaf
The youngsters don't like to search for "similar" questions and advice. They just ask as if they were themselves so unique that they deserved a special treatment: a personalized, an individualized advice. This forum tolerates such behavior and that leads them, in my opinion, to dependency, irresponsibility and laziness. With this different opinion to the forum I finally gave up and left it.
The irresponsible advice which varies, but usually shares the same hint is "look for the job that you love the most". At the first glance the advice is very reasonable and well-intended. But it isn't. One "advisor" was angry at me as I told him that his advice was irresponsible because he spoiled the boy. He told me that I should relax because he just "joked". He joked! He just joked on the future of a young naive man!
What is wrong with "do the job that you love the most"? I am sure that all of us have some hobby that we love the most. Am I right? Some love playing guitar. Some love football. Some love to race sports car So, do they or some of them work in a music band as guitar musician, or football profi, or F1 driver? No? Why is that? Because what they love is not that what they really can and what they really can is usually ignored. Luckily that the common sense usually prevails over the glowing passion.
The question is: "what can I and what I cannot?" You love "Lap Trinh". Good! Have you asked yourself that you can? Lap Trinh requires a lot of abstract imagination and mathematical-logical thinking. Abstract imagination? If you could virtually figure out a workable plan for a complex abstract matter (e.g. DataMining out of Big Data) it's abstract imagnination. Mathematical-Logical thinking is the key to solve every natural phenomenon or problem. For example, Einstein used math to solve energy phenomenon between mass and velocity: mc².
Outsider can never gauge your "abstract Imgination" or is able to value your "mathematical-logical thinking". YOU, and only YOU who can do that. The "What-I-Can-And-What-I-Cannot" question is the answer of your very own future. If you blindly follow your "glowing passion" it might satisfy your ego for a very short moment before disappointment and boringness steamroll you. Because none of a job in the world is personalized and individualized to your "passionate" love: neither Apple, nor Google, nor Facebook could give you such a job.
Instead of plunging into the unknown (IT) water you should ask yourself the "What-I-Can-And-What-I-Cannot" question and forget the "What-I-Love-To-Do-The-Most". Then you should analyze the "I-Cans" , the "I-Cannots" and let aside all your hobbies. The "I-Can" is usually your born ability, your natural talent. They both enable you to do the chosen job at ease and probably with more fun (which you might perceive with the time). Don't confuse your passion or your "Dam me" with your ability and your talent: glowing hobbies against born ability and natural talent. Water and fire won't let themselves mixed.
Reputed psychologists in the States and Europe define the born ability and natural talent as the social and emotional intelligence. The social intelligence makes you either popular or despicable among your colleagues. The emotional intelligence enables you to gauge the mood of the others and to adjust your behavior to their reaction. They are the "I-Cans" or the keys for your success. Hobbies are only your penchant. They are usually neither your born ability, nor your natural talent. Hence hobbies are good for recreation, for relaxation. But it's perilous if one of your hobbies becomes the job that supports your life...
The most stunning phenomenon is the bizarre behavior of some well-educated youngsters. They are aimless even they are excellent in their (IT) field. They are disloyal and impatient. They shortly join an IT company. Soon they find out that what they do is not that what they "love". They become restless. Finally they quit and look for another "more promising" job. That repeats so often that they are "branded" as an useless Lap Trinh Vien who's unable to accomplish any project or job. The jobless perspective zooms on the horizon. Aimless because they confuse a real job with a promised job (which is to read on the job ad.)
Well, the blame is on both sides. Company promises the heaven because it makes it to the best employer. The jobseekers believe in every printed word. The one disappoints the other. They finagle each other out of their own dimwitted game. The outcome is devastating. Companies get mediocre employees. Excellent employees are attrited and become disloyal, disillusioned. They slip into the mediocre world.
And what do the jobseekers? They cheat, too. They diddle their qualification with faked certificates. Worst of all that some youngsters let their parents "buy" notes or graduation. The newly scandal in Vietnam highlighted the dilemma in Vietnam about its obsolete education system (see IT Business in Vietnam). At the end, the risk for employers is to hire some duffers, instead of some excellent graduates. They hesitate with their employment or they become stingy with the starting salary. Well, they are scared of bummers.
You may say that I contradict myself with my article Love it, change it or leave it. Am I right? Well, I don't contradict myself really. The difference between "Do What You Can or Do what You Love" and "Love it, change it or leave it" is in the job itself. You love your Job and you can do it, or you love your job but you can't do it. It's the clear discrepancy like day and night. You love IT development and work as a developer, but your talent is in communication then you are not a good IT developer, but a good marketing or salesman because you love what you cannot, but you don't do what you can the best. Agreed?
My advice: do what you can and don't do what you love but you cannot. Don't follow the Lap-Trinh-Vien trend, or the scent of making-more money with IT. And don't believe in every "heavenly" word. Stay on earth and use your intellect, your wits. To Employers or Headhunters: Don't promise the heaven then with a delivery of the hell to the naive youngsters.