“Everyone you know started off as an unknown until they did the thing that made them known.” —Gary Vaynerchuk
I recently heard this idea from a highly successful businessman Gary Vaynerchuk and wanted to elaborate on its applicability for software developers. The concept is that you’re one piece of content away from changing your life.
Software Developer live in an interesting paradox. On one hand we’re lazy. That’s why we like to automate boring repetitive tasks like running unit test or deploying new environments. At the same time Developers are often celebrated for logging numerous work hours. The stereotypical caffeine infused all-nighters are all too common.
Working without breaks is a bad habit that can jeopardize business, health and the life you’re working toward. 10, 12, or 14+ hour days are only sustainable until the reality of mental and physical limits strike.
It’s clear that we should protect our productive time, but what’s not clear is that we should protect our break time.
To most, luck is about rolling the dice, finding a dollar on the ground, or having all your tests pass after a last-minute code commit.
Luck is given credit for many people’s struggles and accomplishments. Some use bad luck as a reason for their current failure. At the same time, some might credit good luck for all their success in life.
Is luck just chance, or can it be engineered?
I had just committed career suicide. Well, that’s what I had been told.
My coworkers had just learned that I would be leaving the company. Most understood that. What bothered them was that my current company was a Windows shop and we wrote code in C#.net. However, the position I was moving into developed in a Linux environment where the main programming language would be Java. They saw the change in programming language as me throwing away years of experience. Many people would agree with them.