The other day I casually updated my Facebook status to, "I used to play office a lot when I was younger. It was nothing like this." Like many of my obscure Facebook updates, there wasn't really anything that led to the statement other than a simple observation. But since then, I've spent some time thinking about the differences between my expectations for and reality of my current career. Through exploration of these differences I've learned quite a few valuable lessons in the past seven years that I'll share. These are in no particular order. Some are positive. Some are negative. But none came without a lesson.