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Unwritten Rules of a Better Professional Life

Unwritten Rules of a Better Professional Life

You want an happy, successful professional life as much as I want, don't you? I've collected a set of valuable principles that shaped the decisions in my own career. I liked them too much, I hope you like them too.

Lemi Orhan Ergin

December 18, 2020
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  1. unspoken
    lemi orhan ergin
    co-founder,
    rules
    professional
    life
    OF A Better

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  2. LEMi ORHAN ERGiN
    co-founder, Craftbase


    founder, Software Craftsmanship Turkey


    alumni, Sony, eBay, ACM, iyzico


    programming, since 2001 with love


    culture cultivator, with teams for years
    speakerdeck.com/lemiorhan


    this one are right there!
    I am an active programmer
    I am usually in that mood
    the others happen when I run out of coffee
    mainly on backend side

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  3. Be honest to yourself

    and answer 3 questions

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  4. Be honest to yourself

    and answer 3 questions
    What is your profession?
    what do you do in reality ?
    how do you call yourself ?
    what makes you proud at work ?
    How do you earn your life, without titles ?

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  5. Be honest to yourself

    and answer 3 questions
    What do the best professionals do
    in your profession to be the best?
    write down 10 things they do
    better than the majority
    you should write it down all, push yourself
    think about the best colleagues you
    have ever worked closely

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  6. Be honest to yourself

    and answer 3 questions
    What are the things best
    professionals do but you don't do?
    what are your weaknesses and strengths ?
    What do people think about you and the way you work ?
    do you really know yourself ?


    your limits, your principles ?

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  7. Be honest to yourself

    and answer 3 questions
    What do the best professionals do
    in your profession to be the best?
    What is your profession?
    What are the things best
    professionals do but you don't do?
    you should answer these


    regularly and thoughtfully

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  8. You want to work with good professionals & mentors

    and improve your skills while using latest technologies

    with a inspiring purpose

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  9. You want to work with good professionals & mentors

    and improve your skills while using latest technologies

    with a inspiring purpose
    welcome to the real world
    you really think changing job at every
    4 months is good ?
    what can we do to improve

    our professional life

    while trying to survive ?

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  10. never be a…
    advice guru with no hands-on experience


    technology masturbator


    social media self-marketer


    over-over-con
    f
    i
    dent


    having bad references


    bad professional background


    fanatic, zealot


    lonely cowboy


    egoist, self-centered


    negative-thinker


    rude, jerk, disrespectful
    be a doer
    get the things
    done
    never be "the consultant" in your team


    show what you can do by doing it

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  11. be domain expert
    we need more domain experts

    than framework experts in sector

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  12. do not believe in titles Never!
    never believe in senior managers or junior consultants

    god save the no-coding architects !
    promotions in titles are fake motivators
    to keep you in the company longer

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  13. average is bad. average
    goals are mediocre goals.
    10x Rule, by Grant Cardone
    Love your problems. Don’t compete, rather do
    dominate. Commit
    f
    i
    rst and
    f
    i
    gure it our later.
    mediocrity kills the world !

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  14. Everything sucks, and
    everything works perfectly
    in certain conditions
    Simply “it depends”.
    there are no best practices


    only good practices exists, with context

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  15. Don't worry about getting it right,
    worry about how you'll know
    you're wrong...
    No one will be perfect. What we do, build, deploy will have
    weaknesses. As individuals, we will fail at understanding,
    communicating, focusing. The important question is not "why
    do we fail?", it is "how fast can we know when we failed?".
    - Liz Keogh

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  16. Like in special relativity, the act of measuring always
    in
    f
    l
    uences the phenomenon being measured.
    The Observer Effect always

    says the last word when you
    measure personal metrics

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  17. Alignment is the only effective
    communication strategy

    when complexity is high
    Stop starting you day by giving personal daily status
    reports to others. Talk about tasks and the work in
    progress and update your plans to get the shit done.

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  18. stop brogramming culture,
    reject stereotypes
    do not be a part of an unethical and corrupted
    culture surrounded with jerks

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  19. Communication dictates design

    Design shapes communication


    Conway's Law rules the world.

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  20. always leave the campground
    cleaner than you found it
    Teams care for the system as a whole, rather
    than just individuals caring for their own part.


    We should cultivate the habit of getting
    things done and making code smart.
    99 Things Every Developer Should Know, section by Robert C. Martin
    that can only happen when the
    pressure of neighbourhoods exists

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  21. be a good communicator


    your speaking language is
    another programming
    language
    You do not know, think, do, analyze, resolve better than
    everyone else. Listen and ask questions till you fully
    understand, then propose solutions.
    Pragmatic Programmer, by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas

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  22. never sacri
    f
    i
    ce your family
    If you sacri
    f
    i
    ce your family for your career, it’s not
    career. It’s sel
    f
    i
    shness and cruelty. There is nothing
    more important than the
    f
    i
    rst birthday of your baby.

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  23. balanced life is a myth
    Every area of life demands a different level of
    engagement depending on where it stands. Attend to
    the areas of your life according to where you are right
    now
    Living Forward, by Michael Hyatt

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  24. The journey of mastery is not in
    an upward direction but is more
    like a series of plateaus followed
    by a little bit of progress.
    The plateau is the longest part of the whole journey -
    This is where you practice the usual stuff repeatedly
    without seeing results for a while.
    Mastery, by George Leonard

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  25. learn fundamentals of your
    profession, study even after
    years of experience in sector

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  26. never get used to live

    with dysfunctions


    listen and take time to
    understand the big picture


    “Be happy, but never satis
    f
    i
    ed”
    - Bruce Lee
    Mini Habits, by Stephen Guise

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  27. own your career

    take responsibility of yourself

    you will never find time, create it
    Take responsibility for yourself and your
    actions in terms of your career advancement,
    your learning and education, your project,
    and your day-to-day work.


    As Martin Fowler says, “you can change your
    organization or change your organization.”
    The Software Craftsman, by Sandro Mancuso

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  28. Only the ones creating fast and
    well-crafted makes a difference
    how that can happen ? both high quality and fast ?

    practice my friend, practice !

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  29. Talent is overrated
    Talent is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin

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  30. I’ve never seen

    any success

    without hard work,

    dedication for quality

    and failure.

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  31. I’ve never seen

    any success

    without hard work,

    dedication for quality

    and failure.
    @lemiorhan
    LEMi ORHAN ERGiN

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