“It’s not the machine; it’s the man behind the machine.”
-9th Wonder

It all started when I started listening to music produced by 9th Wonder.  He is an amazingly talented artist and has created thousands of tracks.  He has a unique blend of 70′s sampling with catchy bass lines and really stands out from mainstream music; it’s a shame this kind of music is not played on mainstream radio stations.

He is obviously talented and it comes natural to him.  Anyone who listens to his beats can appreciate it, even people who don’t listen to hip-hop at all.  Needless to say, he is a prodigy when it comes to music.

It made me think, am I a prodigy in anything?  Am I skilled enough in anything that will make people recognize me based on my work alone?  Will there ever be a time thousands of people stare at my work and say “That’s awesome!  Anthony mastered this skill and I wish I could be like him someday.”

I am fascinated with computer science.  I have always been interested in computers since I first climbed onto the chair and pounded the keyboard when I was a child.  Ever since I learned BASIC programming and took my first programming classes in my final years of high school, I always liked programming.  As a result, I decided to pursue an education in Computer Science Technology after I finished high school.  My three years in college were definitely challenging and really showed me how much technology can change in a year.

I don’t deny the effect the recession has on everyone, including myself.  I believe that I need to stand up for myself; never be afraid to want more; improve myself instead of settling into any opportunity handed to me; adapt to the recession and its impact on the economy.  It’s easier said than done, of course.

To make a long story short, I have the motivation and I’d love to have more education and experience in programming.  I find myself asking the same question: Am I a prodigy or am I one of the many people who will do the job because I am required to do so and when I’m gone, someone else will take my place?

I would say that I am passionate about coding and at times, it can be tiring, boring and tedious.  There have been times when I have been asked to program something at some of my previous jobs and I have gladly accepted the challenges and created something that worked.  Doesn’t that make me passionate?

I don’t consider myself an expert; I still say I’m in the intermediate level.  I find that many of the programs I’m asked to work on involve analyzing a file or looking for something and generating a simple output file as a report.

I’d love to be a professional developer one day and I am taking steps towards this path; there is lots of studying and testing to be done.  I like programming and I will need to keep reminding myself “I want to do more” and “I can’t be afraid to upgrade my skills and education”.  I may not be that golden prodigy programmer that people may look up to; I don’t need fame to find a job that I like.

It is generally believed that 70-95% of people who are working hate their jobs.  I don’t want to be one of these people.  Why can’t I love my job and my life?  I know people who have reached a job that they enjoy and continue to make a living off of it to this day.  I don’t need to be the golden prodigy on the infinitely-high pedestal; all I really need to do is never stop learning, never be afraid to move on to something better, always be persistent, and keep things interesting and exciting.