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Discussion on: Have you ever worked with an engineer who never leveled up?

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Scott Simontis

After losing a relationship that meant the world to me because I was overworking, I have been forced to reconsider my career priorities. Did anyone at work give a shit I spent all that time on the project trying to make it succeed? Not really. Did my girlfriend notice where my hyperfocus was directed? Definitely.

Most careers don't seem to have this problem. I can't imagine accountants looking down at a coworker for not making spreadsheets in their spare time, but for some reason we're expected to dedicate all our time to pursuits which may or may not pay off and everyone acts like they always love the work they have been assigned. Then we wonder why we see such a massive burnout rate and some people walk away thinking the solution to burnout is to code even more.