30 Days of Gratitude: Day 24

See the final results of my 30 Days of Gratitude challenge here: 30 Days of Gratitude: Final Reflections.

Can’t believe it’s already day 24! It’s amazing how much ~3 weeks has changed my outlook. Since I’m trying to focus on thanking the people in my life, here are 5 people I’m thankful for today:

  1. My parents, for giving me the tools to achieve economic success. Both of my parents were poor immigrants to the US, who are now upper-middle class. They taught me to be smart about money and strategic about my career choices so I don’t have to worry about my financial future. Only recently have I realized that not everyone has the privilege of growing up with parents that teach them such values.
  2. My mentor at my past job. I am so grateful to have been able to work with her. She taught me a lot of things about software engineering and life in general.
  3. The VP who got me my current job. Yes, I did have to interview – but I’m 100% sure my offer was a lot stronger than it would’ve been otherwise because I came in as a referral. I don’t even believe I would’ve been given my current opportunity if it weren’t for that VP.
  4. The engineer who helped me set up my development environment. Ok, I’m sure that sentence doesn’t make sense to most people – but basically, he introduced me to some tools that makes it easier to write code. It made my life a lot easier.
  5. My coworkers. There’s one guy in particular – he’s really negative (constantly complains about other team members’ work) and honestly intimidates me like no other, but I know deep down he’s a good guy. I used to avoid him because he made me uncomfortable, but I recently got the guts to ask him to ‘mentor’ me in a way, since I know he writes good code and I want to improve. I saw that he complained about me to our boss since I broke some stuff, and I was really upset because I felt like he over-exaggerated. Then I realized that a bruised ego is a small price to pay if it’ll make me a better engineer, and that I’m very lucky to have someone like him to point out bad things I write. I hope that it’ll go from him being mad at all the bad things I’ve written, to one day being able to fluently write good code.

What are you thankful for?

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