My eyes felt heavy this morning when I woke up. My mind was dizzy, my legs we’re lazy and my bed was begging me to stay. But hey, that’s what you get when you go to bed at three in the morning. In this article, I want to share some personal experiences mixed with a little bit of professional knowledge.
Firstly, let me introduce who I am and what I do. My (nick)name is PedroFTW, and I’m a web developer. I currently work a full-time job, go to college by night and some freelance gigs. This is really time-consuming, but I still wanted to do more. I wanted to do something related to eSports. I knew I couldn’t land a Job at a big eSports company without having to move out of my country, and this is not an option at the moment. Long story short: Now we’re here, I’m the content creator, you are the reader, and I hope we get along.
Sleep Is For the Weak
Working full-time, class at night, projects when you get home, and then, a little bit of content writing (Way past midnight). What I want to show with this is: If you really want to do it, you can. It might not be completely healthy and it might be really stressful, but you can do it, it’s just a matter of how bad you want it. Working at a young environment like eSports is an investment. But instead of money you are giving away your time and your skills. And just like any other investment, you are expecting something in return for it. Which leads me to my next point.
It’s Not All About the Money (Money, Money)
As a professional, the only thing that really matters is your knowledge and experience. The amount of money you can make is directly related to how good you are at what you do. This is what the eSports scene has to offer to new professionals. Knowledge and Experience. If you, for some reason, can’t land a great full-time job in the eSports industry, you can still get into it through freelance gigs, volunteer positions and similar “part-time” jobs. There are also a lot of home-office positions with flexible hours. There isn’t really an excuse not work besides money. And as I stated, is not all about the money. Does that mean you should slave out without money for the rest of your life? Not at all.
Our Goal Is Always To Grow
A career is a path one follows trough his professional life. With every new experience you have, every bit of knowledge you acquire, you are one step closer to the next level of your career. Most of the time, people will acknowledge your growth and the process of moving forward will happen naturally. Other times you’ll have to step up (or out) to keep growing. I’ll share some personal experiences here: I’ve been working for three years. I decided to quit three jobs in this time frame. Why? My skills were more valuable than what they had to offer. The career plan was slower than me, so I just accepted a higher position in a different company. Now I’m in a position where I have a lot to learn, and it will take more time for me to grow. It’s pretty much the ranked ladder of life. You might get a promotion, find a new job or even create your own company. But you should never stop growing. A rule of thumb: If you have nothing new to learn it’s time to shake things up. If you reached the skill cap, is time to find something harder. Summing it up: Work a lot, Learn a lot, Earn a Lot. Likely in that order. I hope I helped you understand that the place you start doesn’t really matter, all that matters is where you want to go, and what you do to get there.
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(This article was first published by me at http://www.reverieesports.com/coffee-long-nights-and-esports-a-personal-input-on-esports/ )