Do any of you tech folk ever think about just quitting tech altogether? Opening a bakery, or retraining as a park ranger? I'd love to look after a forest for a living. There would be a far lower chance of a guy being in the forest and starting an argument due to his insecurities.
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ALL THE TIME If cooking well at scale wasn't hard, I would have most likely opened a little eatery, open only at lunch time, with no menu but what I fancy cooking that day, and the food would be heavenly. I would call it "Pappa". And there would be no space for jerks.
Remote work and freelancing allow a degree of freedom and let you be anywhere in the world where there's an internet connection. I moved to the Portuguese countryside some time ago and haven't looked back. Living with nature is a precious counterbalance for working with tech.
YES! I go through at least four moments a week where I think, “I could have been a ((insert literally anything else here)).” I recently researched the years/cost to retrain to become a doctor, only to realise that’s a lot of time/money— only for there to be assholes there, too.
Guy here. I often dream of retiring as a woodworker, building furniture for a living. For the same reasons. Make you a deal: you look after the forest. I'll cut down a tree to make furniture, you help me plant two. By the time we're dead we've got a legacy. Deal?
I'm in the middle of this right now. My dream is impractical, but I'd like to have a small farm with an on-site store where I'm able to sell both fresh produce as well as sourdough baked goods. And there would be a small part of the store dedicated to selling carpentry projects.
As I'm reading throu this thread I have to say no, I work in tech for 13 years now and I wouldn't want it any other way. The next best thing is probably running a graveyard (not kidding). I think the most important thing is to learn to say no. A lot of ppl are taking wor home /1
No. Started my working life doing labour jobs outside. Trust me the grass is greener until you're standing outside for 10 hrs in -5(f) freezing rain/snow stacking lumber, tying rebar, moving sacks of Portland cement,etc.. My chair and monitor suit me just fine thanks.
I quit one time and went to a pretty woo massage school for a year. Kept an MT job for ~6 months after. It was awesome for weight loss/mental health, but there is nothing like burning out in a manually laborious job to remind you how cushy it is to just sit and use your brain 👌
Luddite. There was a time when I was seriously considering the opposite of tech, (after a complete tech refresh done on a spur of the moment) and becoming a park ranger. I had the quals, but it would have been a 50% cut in pay. Instead I quit and went to a not insane company.
I have one right now who tells me "Yes, I will order some new equipment as requested" I even went as far as speccing something he -wanted- and something that'd do the job for half the price. And behind my back he's asking his staff to search around for old shit to reuse - sigh