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A life changing year

Last Friday was my last day at Ninety Percent of Everything. When I applied it was a long shot. I wasn’t the perfect candidate on paper. They took a chance on me.

I met veteran software engineers and domain experts with deep knowledge of the Maritime industry. We worked on products to digitise this space. The architecture involved multi-tenanted eventually consistent distributed systems. It was hard for me to understand.

Being part of a strong, patient team meant that everyday I could learn something to help me take a step closer to reach the level of competence of my team.

I tried my best for a year. That’s happened perhaps only twice in my life. Each time has been an inflexion point.

To be able to end the year as a technical lead of a high trust team which has delivered on their commitments, I wouldn’t have believed that I could have been a part of that. That I would be trusted with that responsibility. I thought opportunities like this were reserved for other people, not me.

As we said farewell on Friday the words of Emerson on Goethe rang in my head, “Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be”.

Thank you Ninety Percent of Everything for giving me a life changing year.