Better Motivation than Caffeine and Heavy Metal

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“As you keep these standards [from For the Strength of Youth] and live by the truth in the scriptures, you will be able to do your life’s work with greater wisdom and skill and bear trials with greater courage” (For the Strength of Youth, page 2). Those words meant very little to me when I first read them in high school, mostly because I had relatively little work to do. But now that finals are approaching, big decisions abound, and I often wonder if I can get everything done, this promise has taken on greater meaning. What’s more, I’ve already experienced this in my life. Often I’ve spent hours working on a project half-heatedly, but when I’m filled with hope and the Spirit I’m much more effective with my time. I especially find starting my homework sessions with a scripture study session to be helpful. Not necessarily because Nephi wrote much about programming in Ruby, but because scripture study helps me be more optimistic and motivated. Some programmers’ best fuel is caffeine and heavy metal; mine is hope and the Spirit.

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