If you know an Argentinian you probably heard, more than once, Argentinian X is the best in the world. We are sure our meat is the best, our Pizza is the best, our Ice Cream is the best and our women are the best.
What can I say? We are right. The Argentinian meat is the best (according to this (https://gobackpacking.com/countries-for-meat-lovers/) and 100% of my friends). We had so many Italian immigrants that our Pizza and Ice Cream became better than Italy’s itself! It’s crazy, I know. And our women! The most intelligent, beautiful and caring women in the world.
In a more objective look, we might not be the very best at all (or any) of those, but we are the best presenting it as it was the best. I don’t there is any other nation with the amount of Passion we put in any of the things we do. If it’s soccer or food, you’ll find the same amount of passion invested.
I see more and more, in my daily job and hobbies, that passion for the thing you are doing is more important than your actual skills for doing it. Without that passion you won’t really want to work on it, you’ll do the bare minimum or nothing at all. Skills can be learned and improved, but not without passion for it.
Argentinian are born with a higher level of basic passion. I don’t know why, but it’s a fact* (* not really).
We make BBQ with such a passion that the fire lights itself. In soccer, it’s our passion that makes goals, not our feet. And when making pizza, the cheese melts by our passion.
Writing this blog wasn’t possible if I didn’t have the correct amount of passion for writing and helping others (I certainly don’t have the proper skills for it).
We might be the worst at everything, it’s possible, but no one wins us at the passion contest, and that levels up everything we do.
Code and Passion
Writing code doesn’t evade this. You can see in the quality of the code the amount of passion that was invested in it. The quality of the documentation, tests, refactoring and such is directly affected by (your skills and) your passion.
Level up your passion!
One way of leveling up your passion in what you do, is to find the thing you love in it and concentrate on that. See how that little thing affects the other parts. How, by making that little thing better, you are making the other things better as well. Then try to find the next thing. It can be something you really didn’t like before, but now that it received the little passion that was invested in the first thing, suddenly you like that. Trust me, there will be something, and then another something and finally, you’ll love the whole project.
If you can’t even find the first thing, think to yourself why are you even doing this. If it’s a hobby, maybe you should drop it. If it’s work, then think about the customers, the big picture or just think about your salary 🙂
Dulce de Leche Granizado
I’ll leave you with a recipe for Argentinian Ice Cream: Dulce de Leche Granizado. That’s dulce de leche with chocolate flakes. Remember, the recipe will only be as good as the amount of passion you put into it.
Dulce De Leche Granizado
- Handheld Mixer
- 6 Egg yolk
- 125 gram Sugar
- 500 ml Milk
- 400 g Dulce de Leche Pastry If you can't find pastry, just use one that isn't liquid
- 200 ml Sweet Milk Cream
- 100 g Semi Dark Chocolate
- put the milk and half of the sugar in a pot under a small fire
- In a separate bowl, put the 6 yolks and the other half of the sugar and whir
- When the milk starts to heat up, spill it on the yolks slowly while stirring
- Return the whole mix into the pot under a small fire and stir until uniform
- Insert the Dulce De Leche to the bowl and use a strainer to spill the mix from the pot to the bowl. Stir it until uniform.
- Whip the 200ml of Sweet Milk Cream until it's almost full whipped cream and add it to the mix. Stir until uniform.
- Insert the mixture to the freezer for 2 hours, stirring it once every half an hour.
- Cut the 100g chocolate into small pieces and add to the Ice Cream.
- Stir again every half an hour for as much as you can.
- Let it rest at least a day in the freezer.