It was late afternoon of a long tiring day. I was waiting for a build on TFS to finish and I was sitting there pressing the refresh button of my Visual Studio again and again to see the results of it. I had to make sure that the release build had finished successfully on the server so that I could go ahead and deploy the new service on the production machine.
Click refresh, nothing. Click refresh, nothing. What am I doing? I turn to my colleague:
“Have you seen that movie about Facebook? The social network?” Of course she had. “Do you remember the last scene where he presses the refresh button on his facebook page again and again? Why couldn’t I be doing that instead of this?”
“Because you are not Mark Zuckerberg!”
About who we are.
The reason I am writing this is because that answer made me think quite a bit about what I am doing.
First of all, I am not comparing myself with the youngest billionaire and one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. As much as I respect Mark Zuckerberg for his passion to his cause and his determination to build something that has affected the lives of hundreds of millions of people, the only things we have in common, as far as I know, are the desire to create something that makes a difference and that we both use computers. I don’t even have a Facebook account.
Back to my original question, in my tired mind I was making an analogy between a guy (Jesse Eisenberg on the film) who is waiting for a response from a girl and a guy (me) who is waiting for a response from a machine. The answer I received however, forced me to elevate that analogy to one between a guy who has been doing something significant and a guy who has not. Sadly the actual significance of my task at that moment was reinforcing that analogy even more.
The fact is that most people are involved in a job that provides them with the necessary to survive. They search for significance outside of work in their personal lives. And that is fine.
But for those of us that still hunt giants that is just not enough.