Leaving The Comfort Zone

I’m leaving my convenient development infrastructure team leading role in favor of being a commander in the technological officers course.

That’s not a secret that I wear uniforms. When I was 19, back in March 2011, I got recruited to the IDF’s Software Development basic course. Mostly known for its fine graduates, the IDF’s Computing Academy provides a 6 months course to study software development “from zero to hero”. I got to know awesome and special people that became my closer friends to this day. When the opportunity came up, I tried to become a commander in the software development course, but instead I got an assignment for a software development team in C4I.

Me and Omri Lachman: IDF’s most talented software engineers

I never went out of my comfort zone.

Two months ago, Rotem, my commander, asked me if I would like to take a part in preparing future officer course cadets and be a commander in the preparation for 3 weeks. Accepting this offer would make me leave my convenient office near Tel-Aviv, with all the people I know for years, and make me serve in the Negev (Israel’s south) and come back home once in every week for the weekend only.

I realized 3 things.

I learned that I’m awesome

These 3 weeks were amazing and totally changed my perspective about things I do and how I do them. Since I was a teenager, I hang out with the same people. My best friends from high school still are my best friends. But something else happened in this 3 weeks: I lived together, laughed together and got angry together with 5 other people I didn’t know before. I didn’t expect to be accepted by random people that fast: I became happier, I became more confident about my personality.

I was emotional

When I’m in my comfort zone, I make no emotional decisions at all. Logical explanations is very common among software engineers: The one who has the best argument wins. And as a not-so-emotional person, working in software engineering can make me very disconnected from emotions.

“Because we don’t want that first bit of sad, …, you never feel completely sad or completely happy, you just feel kinda satisfied with your product, then you die” — Louis CK

A fresh start is… refreshing

Sometimes you act just because people know you for a certain way. You may be embarrassed to change the way you do things because of your old habits. For example: You may care about the arrival time of your soldiers, but at first you haven’t shown it. That is a problem.

So I wanted to do it again

When I was about to finish the 3 weeks I was assigned in the south, I called my unit’s commander, which is a Colonel. I asked to join the staff of the final stage of the officers course. While I know many people who were forced to do so, I volunteered and got accepted.

I’d like to say thanks to the people that made my army service so awesome.

First of all, to my commanders over the years, that made development my biggest hobby and providing inspiration for years. For being my commander without getting crazy and help me get decisions for the rest of my service, without leaving me in my comfort zone.

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