Infinite State

First, it takes three months to understand a new job. Until those 90 days are over, you don’t really know what hand you’ve been dealt. Second, it takes approximately three years before you’ll become bored with your current gig. While I can’t point you to the definitive research paper that confirms this hypothesis, I have been stumbling around Silicon Valley for a couple of decades and my advice hasn’t changed: 90 days to understand the new gig, three years before you’re bored with it.

Interesting article from Michael Lopp. I never really thought about it like that before, but maybe that’s because I’ve been doing the same job for 20 years.



  • http://www.thegraphicmac.com/ JimD

    Doing the same thing for 20 years is quite different than doing the same thing for the same company. I think that, while Lopp didn’t state as much, people tend to get tired of seeing the same four walls more so than they do the actual act of painting them (so to speak).

  • tylernol

    rings very true for me. First few months at a new job I am “grokking” the new hardware/software architecture, then after that it is smooth sailing and fun until I start getting bored. 3-4 years sounds about right. I stayed longer at my last company due to an acquisition and retention incentives, but it was boring and I regret staying on for a few more bucks.