Honestly? People. For the first two years of my career I worked for an investment bank.. Basically working to make rich people richer. That, plus the technology sucked, made me change what I do.

I now work for a company that, while it doesn't cure cancer, it makes products that my friends use, my family uses, even my 1 year old son uses. And knowing I am making a difference in their life in even just a little way is worth it.

Also now that I have a family and a kid, my priorities have shifted and as much as I love coding, my family and kid will always come first now. Could I be making more at an investment bank where I worked 12 hour shifts every day? Sure. But it's not worth it to me.

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    @mpotratz yep. I've done my time- working straight until 4 or 5am to get a release out. But now family comes first.

    I work for a company that allows me to work from home 3 days a week so I don't need to deal with the fact that by the time I get home from the office, my kid is already going to sleep.

    Don't get me wrong- I still work my ass off and check work emails on my phone way too much... and if I need to support a weekend deployment or DR test once in a while I will, but it won't be every weekend.
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    Banks are a no-no in every way.
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    @tekhouse why are banks a no-no?
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