The 9-5 mentality

Inspiration is one thing and you can’t control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.”
Kevin Eubanks
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A younger member of an OSS team l once worked on asked for some advice. One of her colleagues had indicated that since she was only being paid for working from 9 to 5, she shouldn’t be working so hard and should finish as soon as possible after 5pm.

Is this good advice? Do you believe in this 9 to 5 mentality?

I’ve tended to find that this approach is more commonplace in large organisations. When contracting to one of these organisations I met a solution architect who had not taken any work home with him in his 20 year career, which amazed me.

I’m a believer in compounding achievement, whereby the more you can achieve at a young age, the more opportunities will come to you as your career progresses. It works the same way as compounding interest, which Einstein proclaimed to be the eighth wonder of the world.

But is over-contributing over-rated? Do l have the “wrong” work ethic just like my young colleague? Should we aim to over-achieve without working long hours or do we need to invest the time to gain the enormously long list of understandings required to “master” OSS?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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