some people approach their careers as a checklist: waiting on orders, doing what they’re told, and expecting a 3% raise year-over-year.

i took that certification. i completed all my required training for the year. i finished all my tasking. i got that graduate degree.

others approach their careers with a greater intent. they create their own agenda, build their own tools to apply their craft better, and focus on solving problems people don’t know they have yet.

“who told you to do that?” some people ask.

it’s the little voice of autonomy.