As a complement to Futurist Programming:
I program because I need to get things done, and I get things done. I know what needs to be built and what doesn't. I build the smallest possible system with the maximum impact. I advise and mentor others to help them achieve their best. I live modestly and within my means. I enjoy my life and the pleasures my work brings. I don't need a Wikipedia entry or acolytes, or to be featured in xkcd comics.
In response to Eight Levels of Programming.
Matt Manuel shared this highly relevant quote by Harry S. Truman:
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.