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I don't.

I have stints of high motivation and stints of low motivation.

The trick is to be productive without being passionate about programming. "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life" is a toxic mentality, and it's okay for work to just be work (sometimes or even all the time!).

that's very true, every job will eventually become a chore. I guess working on the motivation highs is doable, and then do only enjoyable things on the lows

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