I Failed My First Andela Bootcamp — Lessons Learned

Yes, I told you about my labor in the bootcamp. Yes, I told you about how I was able to adapt to the challenges. Yes, I am a Java software developer with seven years of experience, and I’m a certified professional. But being smart (a caveat: I’m just above average!) is not enough to cut it with everything. I had failed at collaboration.

Ego was the enemy. Fatos Morina has an illuminating article at https://medium.freecodecamp.com/ego-is-the-enemy-for-software-developers-585909fb0501:

You may have a really good GPA, or many of your family members and close friends may have called you a prodigy.
In these types of cases, your ego tends to make you feel that the world owes you the success you want. That you must get employed and climb up the corporate ladder for a record time. That you are supposed to be employed without needing to go through the formal recruiting stages.
You may think that you do not need to have any repository on GitHub, as you have already surpassed your peers with your GPA. Your ego leads you to think that you do not need to work hard.
Your ego may even prevent you from collaborating with other people. It can make you feel that you are smart enough, and sufficient enough with your own skills without the need to collaborate with other colleagues in your project. In reality, big projects that have made breakthroughs and have helped millions of users are usually developed as a result of collaborative work.
Ego leads us to think that we’re special, and that we know a lot more than we actually know and that we do not need to collaborate with others, as we are self-sufficient. It prevents from the real mastery of programming. From working well and building good relationships with other fellow developers or other people in general. From recognizing opportunities, or creating them, simply because we live inside our own fantasy of greatness.

Now that you have read this post, you have made a serious blow against your ego, but this is not sufficient. We need to apply these advice if we are seriously considering to become the best versions of ourselves. As Derek Sivers regarding the possession of knowledge, says “If [more] information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.”

So I don’t wear fancy shirts anymore. I wear tee-shirts and jeans and sneakers. I am humble and have the hunger of a fresh college grad.