Recently I read the book “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko” by Daniel Pink and thought it was very good. It’s short, to the point, and it’s a manga graphic novel. You can read the whole thing in 45 minutes. I don’t want to spoil the point (or kill the book sales), so I’ll simply point out that the book highlights six lessons for having a good career. Although it claims to be the only career guide you’ll ever need, it’s a bit short on details in that respect. On the plus side, it’s a great starting place. If you’re looking for more information on specific career advice, you’ve come to the right place (wandercoding.com that is) if you’re in the software business.
While looking over the web site for the Bunko book and Dan Pink’s site, I came across an interesting exercise. The idea is to describe yourself (as in an autobiography) in six words (see http://www.johnnybunko.com/home/one-cool-guy-six-short-words/ for details and other examples). It’s an intriguing idea and I thought I’d try it out as well. I quit my job a year ago to do some independent software development and other creative things and figure out where my life was going to go next. So far I’ve been writing a book, planning another book, writing two blogs (this one and one on Judo), started a software prototype, thinking about another software project, may do some software contract work for a friend, and have plans for a Judo program focused for schools. I’ve still got some other ideas written in my notebook that I haven’t found the personal bandwidth to pursue yet, too. But that’s more than six words, isn’t it. So, here goes: “So many options, so little time.” or “Software, Judo, what will 2.0 be?” or “Choosing hard, drifting easy. Wind changes.”
What would you say about yourself?