After becoming a manager, I’ve realized that sometimes I genuinely miss the old days as an individual contributor. I try to keep in shape by doing some technical work, but not engaging in tech work daily (sometimes not even weekly) has helped me gain some perspective.

Most of us are drawn to the data profession because we love solving problems and enjoy learning new techniques or discovering new shiny libraries.

It’s not just that you’re highly motivated and attached to your job; it’s also about enjoying those powerful dopamine releases that make you love the game.

“That is what every successful person loves: the game. The chance for self-expression. The chance to prove his or her worth, to excel, to win.” How to Win Friends and Influence People

You may have even experienced this addiction at night when you’re trying to fall asleep, but those data ghosts you haven’t hunted during the day whisper in your ear and keep you awake thinking about segments that might help you understand better those model residuals. It’s not necessarily because you’re deeply entrenched with your company; it’s because you’re chasing your hormonal fuel of motivation.