Martin Koníček


I believed that 'it's individual' was classic bullshit, but I was mistaken

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There are people who earn average incomes of over 10.000€ per month for the entire year and only work a few months, and it works for them. Meanwhile, others earning barely half of that amount work hard all year, even doing the same job. How is this possible? It's individual.

In life and career, different strategies work for different people.

I know someone who charges 1,000+ euros a day for their work, an unheard-of amount in their field, but companies, when really in need, simply pay it. On the day of his hiring, they immediately start looking for someone cheaper, which they usually find within two to three months.

So how does this work? Simply, the person in question just waits several months for an assignment, and then earns in three months almost as much as another might in a year. It's a crazy strategy, but it works for some. The problem is, you have to be a certain type of personality – someone who can handle a lot of stress and uncertainty, and that's not everyone.

Different strategies also work over different time horizons.

Personally, I'm very into finance, so for example, I know that there are different strategies that work over different time horizons. For instance, a classic savings account is a great tool for the short term and nearly risk-free (inflation in one year is usually not too high), but over the span of several decades (like saving for retirement), it's a very risky product – over two decades, you lose about 70% of your invested funds.

Conversely, stocks are very risky in the short term, you could lose almost 50% of your funds in one year, but over the span of two decades, they are essentially a risk-free product, much safer than a savings account.

In my work, I have my own strategy.

Over the years I've worked, I've noticed that I work best with advanced and stable companies. Simply put, I'm not the person who takes a box of Red Bulls and puts together a new app in an evening. But that's my individual strategy. Ironically, I have friends who laze around for weeks and under immense stress and a lot of Red Bulls, finish projects on the last day of the deadline.

I'm aware that my consistency, stability, and calmness are perfect qualities for people and companies who have already made their money and now want to preserve it and have a peaceful sleep, mixed with the fact that I can step out of my comfort zone and implement long-term change, it's quite an interesting combination.

But that, of course, doesn't mean that other career strategies don't work, it really is highly individual, and depends on each person's preferences. There are people who can stay in a company for 30 years as employees, are totally comfortable, then get fired, and when they go for an interview at a security agency as a cash counting worker, the employer eagerly jumps on them because they see stability and certainty in them.

Similarly, there are people whose life is constant drama and stress, and a start-up with investors will reach for them as their first choice.

Different strategies also work in the IT field.

Similarly, in IT, different strategies work. Some companies operate on outdated technologies – I think the U.S. nuclear warhead system still uses huge floppy disks because it's a tested technology. Likewise, many companies here operate on PHP, or even WordPress, even though they're not the latest technologies, but they're very cheap to operate (there's an excess of workers who can work with them, and the infrastructure is very cheap).

Some companies, on the other hand, use the latest technologies – if you have a huge company like Google, then even a 5% increase in efficiency ensured by a team of 100 people can make very good economic sense.

There are simply countless winning strategies, and what will work for you is thus highly individual. For some, it pays to move to the cloud, for others not, and for some maybe only partially, it really depends.

Nowhere on the internet will you read what is suitable for you.

The truth is that no influencer, no artificial intelligence, and no book will give you a universal answer to what is right for your case, you need an experienced person who can ask you well and recommend a specific thing for you.

And on the other hand, when you're looking for someone to advise you, it takes someone with experience in what you need. For a career, it won't be a recruiter, but someone who has made that career, for creating change in a large and stable company, on the other hand, it won't be a start-up entrepreneur or student. And for managing change and moving a project in a large and stable company, it doesn't necessarily have to be an extremely technologically savvy person, but someone organized, communicative, and with practical experience."

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