10 things about life and work 21:44 on Tuesday

Ten things I have learnt in the past seven weeks:

  1. I have 14 years of project work experience, and that experience has value.

  2. Motivation for me comes from seeing that my work has an effect. If my work moves a project towards the final goal, I’m happy. If my work affects the life of someone for the better, even in the most microscopic ways, I’m ecstatic.

  3. If I don’t see my work having any effect, I get really irritated. Too irritated. I always say about work that “it’s just work”, you shouldn’t ruin your life by thinking about work. But work without meaning is not “just work”. It’s constant, 24/7, nagging pain.

  4. My communication and people skills need improvement. When I’m disappointed, I’m (usually) able to explain why I’m disappointed. Now I need to learn how to do that without sounding arrogant and pissed off about everything.

  5. Presenting opinions strongly is not equal to presenting opinions convincingly.

  6. Spending time on how even the smallest details are presented, is not necessarily waste of time.

  7. Sometimes taking the time to let others discover things for themselves can be more beneficial than taking the shortcut and telling them straight how it is.

  8. Consequently, I should learn to enjoy the breakthroughs of others more than the opportunity to say “I told you so”.

  9. I tend to be childish, getting all cranky if people don’t acknowledge that I know, or that I knew something. That behaviour needs to change.

  10. I need to listen to and trust my instincts more.

5 Responses to “10 things about life and work”


  1. Tommi Says:

    For some reason I can relate to #7. It’s oftentimes difficult, but usually worth it.

    Now, why won’t you tell us the actual story behind the bullets? :P

  2. Niko Says:

    I so wish I could tell the actual story, but no. And even if I could, it wouldn’t be a fair account, with me sharing the story only from my viewpoint.

    But like a friend said this morning: these are lessons in the school of life, and every lesson has a price. Some lessons are more expensive than others.

  3. Juska Says:

    As a teacher, I couldn’t agree more on #7.

  4. Niko Says:

    For teaching #7 is essential. For projects with a tight deadline… it’s surprising. Was for me, at least.

  5. Niina Says:

    Have experienced the same feelings in my projects. So can relate to all ten and would add one more: 11. Learn to be patient. Though it is sometimes very, very, very difficult.