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Old 05-04-2015, 12:34 PM   #21
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What were/are you most proud of in your career?
Old 05-04-2015, 12:44 PM   #22
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What were/are you most proud of in your career?

Never working weekends and rarely working more than 8 hours and still being one of the top performers and retiring at age 50. Avoiding all management positions.

Basically being a slacker and still being successful.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:19 PM   #23
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Getting an unforced apology from a boss who felt he'd been "made" to take me, and told me he didn't think I could run a team, due to "inexperience" [I had been working for the company 8 years by then but this was my first supervisory job]. After 6 months he told me he had been completely wrong and I was an excellent supervisor.

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Old 05-04-2015, 01:32 PM   #24
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What were/are you most proud of in your career?

Never killing or seriously injuring anyone.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:35 PM   #25
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But, but, but in this world, lots of bad guys need killin'.
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True. I'm also proud of my self-restraint.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:41 PM   #27
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Always sticking with what I thought was right and good, that I could be proud of, so that I could hold my head up high. Then, doing the best possible job that I could within those boundaries.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:44 PM   #28
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...completed all required continuing education courses.
I passed the fire extinguisher class every year for 25 years!

I was good at what I did, and was rewarded by being laid off twice.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:47 PM   #29
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True. I'm also proud of my self-restraint.
I was thinking of your military years, but then you were not flying fighters or bombers, I guess.
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I was mostly passing gas...
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They say it only gets worse as you age.
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Haven't done it for almost 40 years. Maybe that's why I feel a bit bloated?
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Inventing stuff that several hundred million people use every day is probably what I'm most proud of. Almost everywhere I go I get to see people using stuff I did, which is about the biggest kick I can think of for an engineer.
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I was going to say I was most proud of having a very successful career at Mega Corp but getting out of Houston certainly is high on my list too.
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Inventing stuff that several hundred million people use every day is probably what I'm most proud of. Almost everywhere I go I get to see people using stuff I did, which is about the biggest kick I can think of for an engineer.
Though I hold some patents that never amounted to much, I did work on some "stuff" that ended up in cellphones and computers. That, and $5, will get me a cup of burnt Starbucks...

As I recall, DRAMs of the time when I started were a whopping 64k! But I was in process development, so others were doing the xtor/circuit design.
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Working with my dad on our family farm from my teens to early 20s and getting to see him at his best. I learned a lot about how to deal with people, with adversity, and with family. Not bad lessons.
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Making a difference in the lives of other people, and I did. I posted about it here in another thread several years ago. And I remember several times taking someone to jail and as the door slid shut they looked at me and said "Thank you". The first time that happened the guy saw my expression and explained "You treated me decent".
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You all must have had far more meaningful careers than I did...
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In 1981, I was writing a new module for a computer system that still had modules in it from the early 1960's. So I convinced my boss that I should write all of the date routines for the new module to be Y2K compliant, figuring if some of it had lasted 20 years already, there was a decent chance mine would make it to Y2K. (Didn't stick around to find out, though.)

Mostly, though, it's about people who thanked me for being a good boss in various ways over the years. It was also great to hear from the HR coach on a 360-feedback report that I was the only person she had ever seen with "Integrity" as their top characteristic.
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