Lessons learned from overcoming pandemic fueled fear.

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Fear can have a compounding effect, spreading like wildfire in the forest of your mind. No matter how much we wish it would just fade one day, fear rarely disappears on its own.

It may get pushed down in your conscious thought, but deep inside it’s still there and forms the basis of how you react to various situations in life. Over time, it becomes suppressed and subconscious in nature, and starts to govern you with even less of your awareness.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” — Les Brown

After the unexpected passing of a family member, the pandemic had pushed me into a fear mindset. I was worried about my family and friends, and absorbed by the dreadful thought of losing anyone else I loved. …

9 things to avoid when you’re just starting out

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When I embarked on my programming journey, I often wasn’t sure about the right way of doing things. I learned pretty quickly that there’s more than one right way of doing things. But some ways are just not great, and those are the ones I want to shine some light on.

You may have already discovered that your approach to the process matters and are wondering how you can optimize your own learning journey. By avoiding doing the following mistakes, you can do exactly that.

1. Don’t Focus on Learning as Many Languages/Technologies as Possible

Take a project-oriented approach.

One common misconception among beginners is that they believe it’s impressive to know a bunch of languages and technologies. …

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Traditional employment is not the only route you can take as a programmer. Whether you’re looking to add sources of income while keeping your day job or find that 9–5 jobs are just not your cup of tea, you might be wondering what other options are out there.

As someone who’s always felt inclined to do more than just a job, I ended up going to Business school after working as an engineer for a few years. …

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In the coming years, remote work will reshape our society in profound ways. Leaving aside the immediate and obvious changes in flexibility and productivity¹, I’d like to shine some light on some long-term effects of remote work. With numerous leading tech companies making the switch — it’s clearly here to stay. And here’s why this may be for the best:

#1: Lower Housing Costs

As commercial real estate becomes less desired, it may potentially be converted into residential real estate. This means remote work can lower housing prices for both buyers and renters, especially in bigger cities. This can eventually help a myriad of socioeconomic issues like student debt repayment in the long run. …

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We all individually possess unique innate talents, skills and interests. Finding roles that embrace them fully can be incredibly empowering and fulfilling. But more often than not, we find ourselves in mediocre roles, leading to cycles of job hopping, career shifts and feeling unfulfilled.

If you’re looking to make a career shift (or start a new career), you’ll find that there’s a wide range of programming roles out there, as types of roles or ‘specialities’ has gone up dramatically in recent years. While coding remains an in-demand skill, it is no longer just about building things.

With intentional planning, projects and job search, you can land more than just a job — one that’s the right fit for you. …


Samiha Amin

Engineer, Artist & Writer • I live for when brush strokes paint thoughts & code makes art

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