August 20, 2006

Real Life: Round 2

if you think about it, there are only a handful of times in your life that you sit down and sign a document called "At-Will Employment Agreement." this is one of those nights. a few months ago, i came to the realization that i needed a change. more precisely, i needed to affect change, which is something that is related but different. one of the frustrations that i always felt at oracle was an inability to truly influence things. working at an organization like oracle always feels like you're riding in a tour bus. it's going somewhere and it's going to get there, whether you contribute or not. it's not going to get there any faster if you bust your ass and, even worse, it's not going to arrive any slower if you scrape by every day. accurate or not, that's how i felt. don't get me wrong, i'll be eternally grateful to oracle and my two years there. i met and worked with some tremendous people. i learned lessons small and large. i grew more comfortable in my own skin. and, most of all, i got my feet soaking wet in the working world. in reality, it was a helluva better choice than many other jobs i almost chose. but i think, all along, i sort of knew that it wasn't really the place for me. tomorrow i'm going to start finding out if google is the kind of place that i'm looking for. i want to learn and i want to enjoy myself. but most of all, i want to feel that i'm affecting change that is proportional to my effort. that sounds very boring, but it's simple: i want to make a difference. i don't think it's too much to ask.



At 8/23/2006 06:42:00 AM, Blogger pseudostoops said...

Congrats on the switch, sweets. Does this mean you can now alert us to all the cool new google features before they become available to the masses?


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