Don't Spend Your Life Waiting for the Weekend
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Preethi Kasireddy is a Partner at Andreesen Horowitz.

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Don't Spend Your Life Waiting for the Weekend

by Preethi Kasireddy

Ever have the Monday blues?

If not, I commend and envy you. For the rest of us, let’s admit that the work week lifestyle sucks — “living for the weekend”, it’s a bad way to live

The Monday blues have been on my mind a lot

Even though I’ve had fulfilling jobs, deep down I still felt excited to clock out on Friday and anxious about returning to the office on Monday.

It was tough to admit to myself

that I wasn't where I needed to be. It was even tougher to leave in search of my passion

Figuring out your passion is hard

Especially if you already have a good job

I wanted to do something that satisfied 3 criteria:

1) Keep my mind off Fridays and make me excited for Mondays

2) Always have something to learn

3) Have something I could passionately work on for life

I've found something that makes me excited: programming

I've been going through an immersive software engineering program called Hack Reactor. There is not a single morning that I dreaded going to Hack Reactor even though I code for the next 12 hours

There something magical

about doing something because you want to do it rather than because you have to. That's what coding has become for me.

It definitely has its lows

It's incredibly challenging. You always feel uncomfortable. You can sit there for hours fixing a tiny bug. You spend tons of time on things that feel annoying. There are ALWAYS people 100x better

These lows haven’t discouraged me

I simply love programming.

You are not alone.

I hope that readers going through similar growing pains know that they are not alone. Few of us are born knowing what our passion is, and figuring it out is a journey.

I may not be there yet

but I believe that by refusing to settle and following my curiosities I will keep getting better.

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