Sunday, June 14, 2015

Michael attitude at work is all about my neighbor.

I love my work. I am in IT. I have a master's in Management Information Systems, and have worked in several different capacities, for many different companies, from small startups, to Fortune 13.

Every day, I wake up and feel blessed. I get to do what I absolutely love, every day. This is not to say that I don't have days that I'd like to forget, sometimes. But, I love IT, and the fact that I get to do what I love, and can support my family, makes me the luckiest guy in the world. They say that when you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. I believe it.

One of the principles that motivates me, is the yogic principle of Ahimsa, loosely translated as "do no harm". I believe that what I do, should *at a minimum* not  make things worse for anyone.

Right now, I work in IT security for a well known bank. not a bank that's been in the news. My attitude towards IT security is simple: I am not protecting just the banks assets, I am protecting individuals' assets. Perhaps the information of my neighbor, or my friend, or anyone. I don't see me responsibility as only to my employer, but to all of my employers customers.

Values play a very important role in my life. My journey has brought me to a place where I can (usually) navigate the challenge when faced with values in others, that do not align with mine. I values values. Even if do not agree with my employers values, as long as I am not asked to compromise my own, I value my employer. Fortunately, what benefits my employer, also happens to benefit their customers, and aligns with my values.

I'm sure I'll edit this, at some point, but you get the idea.


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