Do the things that nobody wants to do
I rarely talk about my work but, at least in my eyes, I'd like to think that I am doing okay.
It took me a long time to stop comparing my career path to others. Especially in tech, it seems like every other smart person I encounter nowadays are a lot younger than me. However, I always try to remember the environment I grew up in and growing up in Mauritius was not easy.
That being said, I was able to find opportunities that allowed me to move out of the country and that really helped my career. If anyone asks me my secret (and nobody does), I'd say that I have always tried to do things everybody else refused to do.
If, like me, programming is a hobby that turned into your job, it'd always be nice to work on things that interest you. A nice problem, a greenfield project but, I've found tremendous value in doing the small annoying things that nobody else wants to touch.