The Dream Code

As 2016 nears, I always take a few days to create goals that I would like to accomplish within the next year from personal to spiritual to professional. Even though they all sort of tie together in some way, I like to narrow them down into those three categories. This post I would like to focus on my top professional goal: To become a full-time software developer.

About three months ago, I had the opportunity to delve into the book 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal (found here) by Dan Miller. As an avid reader, I have read tons of career development books but this one falls at the top of the list by far. Dan dives into our God-given purpose more than many of the other books that I’ve read. He walks through a proven process that has landed thousands of people multiple job offers in fields that they are passionate about. I flew through the book and knew that I wanted to go through the process to make the move into software development. A little scared and uncomfortable, I made the goal that in 2016 that I would go full throttle into the process Dan suggested.

With the goal now on paper, I’ve had to take the steps of teaching myself HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP. This has been a tough process on top of working full-time as a personal trainer, being a husband and a father to two children. But my passion is to be able to change the world through creating software that companies can use to change the world in whatever capacity they are in. After months of prayer and talking with close friends, I have found the passion that I feel like I was created for.

I pray that my journey to becoming a developer would not only move people into taking some of the same steps but also push them to go after their passion whatever the cost and comfort level might be.