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Time traveling, dreams and gratitude

toadgeek profile image Matheus Goncalves ・1 min read

I just found a picture of my house in mid-2001. Look at this mess!

An old house, computers to fix and software to code

A back house, suburbs of São Paulo, Brazil. One bedroom, a kitchen and an outdoor bathroom.

That was... it.

And I was making money with tech support, fixing computers and programming video rental systems in Clipper. Something like this:

A very elaborated interface programmed in Clipper

It was a lot of fun. Seriously. But I could never imagine that in 2018 I would be working with Salesforce for one of the best technology companies in the world, and living in Seattle. Not in my best dreams.

All I knew at that time was that I was living by myself, trying really hard to make a living.

I was 19 years old, and I needed to continue studying and working, learning, and trying to be a better person and professional every day. That was my plan.

I think it's important to look back and see where I came from, and remember everything I went through, to give even more value to what I have today, to have gratitude for all this and for everyone who helped me. ❤️

So: If you think your dream is an unreachable thing, impossible, maybe you're already living part of it and you don't even know it.

Keep Fighting! 🤜🤛

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Matheus Goncalves


Lead Software Engineer, podcaster at https://toadcast.com.br, drummer, photographer. Neutral Good Geek. Salesforce Certified Developer ☁ and Lead Software Engineer at Salesforce.


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Great uplifting post, thanks!


This resonates with me. In my early twenties, I was a college drop out, laid off from my job, surviving on 1 meal a day to pay bills. It was beyond hope and imagination that my life could look as it does today. I had to do my part, but there are also a laundry list of people to thank for the opportunities and experience along the way.


This is incredibly inspirational: Make do with what you've got and always strive for what you want. Things will fall into place soon enough.


Thank you for this!


Thank you for reading it. I'm glad you like it.


I had a camera, and Windows setup was taking too long to finish. So, why not?


cheered me up...Thanks!!


Clipper! Oh the memories. I tell you, something about me misses these good old ASCII screens. They don't make 'em like that anymore.


I especially like your conclusion that you may already be living your dream without realizing it. Often we take too many things for granted.


Needed to hear this! Thank you :)