What Separates Great Software Testers From The Rest

So what else is there besides our personalities that make us, testers, really great? Well, I think it’s Love, pure and simple. You just find something in life that makes your heart beat faster, makes you feel like you can conquer the world and be better every day. It’s something that helps you stick through the toughest days even when it feels like everything else is going wrong and nothing you do matters.

Throughout our lives, we experience many kinds of love, some more or less passionately, some  short-lived and others lifelong. One day, you might find someone or something – some type of inner drive in your life that makes you feel like you are on top of the world . It makes you feel that there’s nothing you cannot do! It makes you wake up every morning, feeling excited and positive to start off the day. Love is something you don’t give up on easily, it makes you want to overcome and withstand any obstacle in your way.

I can’t exactly explain love in words, but once you experience it, you know exactly what it is. It’s not just infatuation or some sort of game, it’s the real deal. Even though money is a powerful motivator, leveraging that love will help you stay focused and achieve your full potential. 

When I started out in software testing, I was just trying to understand what it was really about and what I could achieve in the industry. My first job as a tester was in a cool agile team that developed websites. My responsibility was to find issues and simply report them to the team. I was executing commands rather than trying to think about the bigger picture or how I could really bring value as a software tester. Discovering issues was easy and so I just uncovered them without really thinking about the customers or what actually mattered to them.

By the time I graduated college, I knew that I wanted to move away from Estonia to experience something new. I also knew that I would continue to pursue a career in testing, because I really liked the responsibilities and opportunities that came with it.

My love for testing isn’t something that I developed overnight – it took time and patience. Honing my skills wasn’t really a straightforward process as I didn’t always know the direction I wanted to take. But in the end it was all worth it – because the only way to truly achieve greatness is to do things with love and passion. There’s no point in searching a single source of truth, because there is no such thing in life. You have to develop your own journey and pour your heart into it to make it work.