1) do what you love.
2) there is no magic, if you don't understand something someone
does, chances are good they don't either. Learn it so you know
what is happening.
3) know what you are assuming, and state it explicitly in
4) everything you do, someone will find criticism with (see 1)
5) "if you are irreplaceable, they you also cannot be promote."
Train your replacements, both for you being able to take a
vacation, and so that you can grow into other things.
6) this is your one life. What is behind your eyes you can make
a permanent mark on. Everything else "accountants" can tear down
and/or warp into sadness. So keep plenty of "markers" or
"souveniers". And keep them away from your wife and children.
7) they cannot pay you enough for what you are about to do. So
expect to give more than they are worth. See 1) above.
8) save money for your old age. Don't touch it, don't take loans
against it, until you are old.
9) friends, even just people you work with, are critical to you
David A. Smith
Of course. I started out as a machinist with a degree in philosophy.
You will probably have to go back to school to fill in whatever gaps in
knowledge you have. Find out what accreditation or licensing you need to
have a shot at the kind of job you want. In the US that would most
likely be either a degree in engineering or a state professional
engineering license. Some companies or industries will accept equivalent
experience for those and some wont. Good luck.
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