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What's Next?

June 14, 2020

What's Next?

Lessons learnt from personal experience and books on taking next steps in software career to become a software craftsperson.


June 14, 2020

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  1. Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer "The most important step a person can

    take is not the first one. It's the next one. Always the next step"
  2. Career Capital • The skills and value you accumulate over

    time • You need to find your career capital and start accumulating it brick by brick
  3. Investment • You need to start investing in order to

    gain something from career capital • Invest your time and energy to accumulate valuable skills
  4. Python Go Postgres Clojure Team work Start breadth first &

    eventually increase the depth Redis * Tech stacks shown here are for illustration purposes only, don't push it into your next project just because you saw it on internet * Blockchain Empathy
  5. Increasing the odds • Luck is another word for increasing

    the odds of success • Combine your skills/values to create/explore new opportunities to increase your odds of success
  6. Power of Compounding • Your career capital compounds • Your

    network compounds • Your coding skills compound • Stay calm and be patient
  7. Learn how to learn • Everything you learn becomes a

    shortcut for understanding something else • The more you know, the more you can know
  8. Adjacent Possible • The space beyond the boundaries of cutting

    edge where opportunities open up and big ideas tend to happen • You get to the cutting edge by gaining more career capital • You open up more adjacent possibles by combining your skills
  9. Systems over Goals • Follow a system than having a

    fixed goal • Goals are for future and future is always uncertain • Create a system that aligns with your personal energy • System helps you to form habits
  10. Systems vs Goals • Finance • Increasing asset to X

    amount is a goal. Investing and saving every month upfront is a system • Fitness • Increasing muscle mass or reducing fat to X% is a goal. Eating healthy and showing up to workout is a system • Career • Getting a job in dream startup is a goal. Showing up regularly to code and learn new stuff is a system
  11. Make it your identity • Finance • I am going

    to save money I am an investor • Fitness • I am going to workout I am a weight lifter or amateur athlete • Career • I am going to work for FAANG I am a software craftsperson
  12. Craftsperson mindset • A craftsperson asks what value they can

    offer to the work before asking what the work can offer them • A craftsperson follows best practices and picks the right tools • A craftsperson cares for their work
  13. Gains • Once you accumulate your career capital, you start

    trading your capital for gains • Ex. Getting more freedom/autonomy by giving the value from accumulated career capital
  14. Embrace boredom • Dress up and show up • Fall

    in love with boredom • Motivation is scarce it's like ignition to the engine, to show up and repeat is the work of pistons, you need to embrace boredom
  15. Stay fit for the job • Both your physical health

    and mental health is important • If you feel like sh*t while writing code, your code might end up being sh*t • Take enough breaks • Burnouts are nasty
  16. Sometimes things won't work out • You are always replaceable

    by your employer • Be prepared and have a runway • If you can't shine somewhere, you can always shine elsewhere
  17. References • So good they can't ignore you
 (Book by

    Carl Newport) • How I failed at everything and still win big
 (Book by Scott Adams) • My personal experiments and failures
 (No, I don't have a book)