If I didn’t love a lot of the work that comes with IT, there’s no way I could do it.
Let’s face it, reviewing the procedure that EIGRP uses for “deciding” how to route traffic in a network is pretty boring. As is a lot of the rest of IT.
I’m renewing some of my old and expired certs and that’s just part of the process. Has to be done.
But it’s cool building new things when you get the chance to. Not many people realize it but when you build a new network and server architecture and all the associated other bits of infrastructure to go with it, if it’s more complicated than just a few devices you’re often creating something that no one has ever built before in just that way.
It might not be glamorous and if it works well no one even notices, but what you’ve built is most likely unique in the world.
That’s the less egotistic part.
The other part I enjoy is having seen enough and learned enough to stroll into some place where smart people have been working on a problem for hours or days and then I fix it in five minutes.
Having a really good memory and knowing enough to actually realize where the problem is (and being great at ignoring irrelevant details) allows me to do that bit of conjury at better than the rate of chance. And I like it when it happens, I’m not gonna lie.
Everyone should get to feel like a superhero once in a while, right?