On any given day, there are literally millions of MSN instant message conversations going on in the world. Some conversations are mundane, others are entertaining, while most lie in between. I would like to share with you one MSN conversation I had today. I was talking with a friend, let’s call him Jim. Jim is thinking about doing a lateral move in his company. He has some reservations about it and is still mulling it over. Here’s my response…

Erwin says:
It’s because it’s what you love, Jim. It is who you were born to be. And here you sit. Thinking. Well, Jim is not a thinker. Jim is a programmer. He is a coder, and that’s what you need to do. You don’t need to think. You need to code. You need C++. You need to go out there, and you need to rev your compiler. You need to fire it up. You need to grab ahold of that line between speed and memory, and you need to wrestle it to the ground like a demon cobra.

Jim says:

Erwin says:
And then, when the fear rises up in your belly, you use it. And you know that fear is powerful, because it has been there for billions of years. And it is good. And you use it. And you ride it; you ride it like a skeleton horse through the gates of hell, and then you win, Jim. You WIN! And you don’t win for anybody else. You win for you, you know why? Because a man takes what he wants. He takes it all. And you’re a man, aren’t you? Aren’t you?

I totally wrote that off the top of my head… yep, sure did. I also had Shake ‘n Bake chicken for dinner tonight.

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