Breezing through your day at work is a recipe for stagnation. Any spare brain cycles you have at work should be spent on thinking about how to improve yourself and your project. The biggest lesson for me from 2011 is that change is good. Change forces you to step out of your comfort zone — and expands it. Change is an opportunity to learn about yourself and what you are capable of.
I start 2012 with an exciting new job at a startup. Decision to leave a steady Wall St. job of almost seven years to go to a small company was not easy. However, I am not the kind of a developer who could be happy simply breezing through my day. I like challenges. I like solving problems. I like reading technology publications and learning new skills.
My professional resolution for 2012 – and beyond – is to never allow myself to stagnate.