At one point or another, we all face some type of obstacle in our path. These are mostly from external sources and are often unavoidable. It’s just part of life. However, there’s an obstacle that most of us put in our own path without even realizing. That obstacle is pride.
When I was 14, I worked everyday after school bussing tables and washing dishes at a restaurant so I could have lunch money at school. All of my coworkers were immigrants from Mexico. They taught me Spanish and I taught them English. I wasn’t too proud to do it.
When I was 21, I worked as a janitor at a motel. I had two coworkers. One was a paranoid schizophrenic and we all had to make sure never to end a conversation just as he entered the room because he would think we were talking about him. We learned that the hard way. My other coworker was an ex-convict, just out of prison. I mopped floors, emptied garbage cans, cleaned up spills, and cleaned toilets for $6 an hour. I wasn’t too proud to do it.
When I was 23, I worked graveyard shift as a security guard because that was the only shift that allowed me to get my foot in the door. I regularly worked 60 hours a week because I not only worked my shift but I also took every extra shift I could get. I wasn’t too proud.
When I was 24, I had a newborn baby at home. I left every morning at 7AM to go to work and returned at 11PM every night. I worked all day and then went to school at night to become certified in software QA. I ate dinner alone in my car every night. I wasn’t too proud to do it.
After getting certified in software QA, I took an unpaid internship at a software company. I wasn’t too proud to do it.
That was 10 years ago and I’ve been in tech ever since. Never underestimate the people that don’t have the obstacle of pride in their path. The ones who aren’t too proud to do whatever it takes.