If Rihanna can make a comeback, why can’t you?

If Rihanna can make a comeback, why can’t you?

Written by Archana Vaidheeswaran

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Technology is not just a profession; it’s a journey that has its own set of challenges and rewards. Throughout my journey in tech, I’ve experienced both highs and lows. And today, I want to share a personal story with you in hopes of inspiring those who are struggling to find their spark.

Most engineers, contrary to popular belief, are creative people. We dream big, and we aspire to create tools and software that will disrupt the world. But let’s face it; the tech industry isn’t always sunshine and rainbows.

I know what it feels like to lose my passion for tech. I worked for a big corporation and had managers who constantly undermined my work and made me feel like I wasn’t good enough. I felt like I was making no impact, and my creative spark started to fade away. It was a difficult time for me. I retracted from community events around the city, even though they would happen in person. I stopped creating random projects or even wanted to read the latest news in tech.

It took me almost a year to realise that it was OK to feel like this, and I did not fail. There is still a spark left in me. I had an epiphany — why not list all the crazy ideas buzzing around in my head? Who knows, they may take years to come to fruition, but that’s the fun part — envisioning them! I’m talking text-to-audio in ANYONE’s voice — Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, you name it! And how about making old photos come to life by making them move and talk? Now THAT would be something to see

I pitched one of my ideas at FOSS Asia, and it was accepted. I created a ChatGPT chrome extension that could change the sentiment of any sentence online with a simple right-click. It was a thrilling moment to have my talk accepted, and it motivated me to believe that there was still light at the end of the tunnel.

So, to all those struggling to find their spark, keep going. Don’t give up on your dreams. We are in this together. If you need help, reach out to me. Let’s inspire each other to keep dreaming and innovating. Just like our girl RiRi, who went from “Umbrella” to billionaire, you can reignite that spark and achieve greatness.