Intrinsic, pure and simple.
When I was 16 years old I walked into the computer room at my highschool for the very first time. Up to that point I had no idea what I would do with my life and was frankly starting to worry about it. But when I walked into that room, felt the chill in the air, the sounds, the blinking lights--I knew
That was 42 years ago and I've never lost my love for the work, the sheer passion
. I'm so very lucky to have found my calling.
I seriously can't imagine what I would have done if computers hadn't been invented. I've been a developer my whole career and still am. As a lone wolf developer SQL Server and the database is just as important a part of the application as the UI, the internals of the front-end program, or the documentation.
Most of my career has been in small companies, with one stretch at a Fortune 50. I have to say there's a tremendous satisfaction in creating every level of the application, from the DB to end user training.
The best part? They actually pay me for it!