The goal of the challenge is that for 30 days straight, you make a GitHub commit that is focused on personal growth. On GitHub, you get a little green square that lights up when you make a commit (located on your profile page on your contribution graph), so at the end of the challenge, you should have 30 little green squares.
You sign up Now, and the challenge begins on November 4th. We wrap up as a team on December 3rd.
Time and time again, scientific studies show that those who build daily disciplines around growth, succeed at life. Every…
I wanted to create a laser-precise guide on what I know about writing for Medium. My goal is to bring new people onto their platform and share their thoughts with the world.
While you may have found me through Medium itself, this guide is being sent to new would-be writers. Specifically those I am trying to recruit.
So here it goes!
Here is my no non-sense guide to writing for Medium!
Your first day on Medium goes pretty well. You create your account, poke around, read things, and things seem pretty chill. You may have noticed that some stories have…
You know the cliché, “When this thing happens, THEN I will be happy.”
We scoff and roll our eyes at that. We’ve heard it. We get it. But then we go right back into the crabby, anxious cave in our mind and grind our productivity. We tell ourselves we are working toward that blissful moment. When our life finally snaps into place.
I’m a neuroscience nerd.
In particular, I love learning and retention. But recently I’ve been reading a streak of books on productivity and this elusive idea of happiness.
I’m stressed out lately. In short, I’m building a new…
I’ve hired developers. I’ve also taught computer science for colleges and taken hundreds through bootcamps. My advice to all my graduates is the same. Work this plan, and you will land a job.
If you want to get into the development industry, here are the four things you need to be doing.
You need to be hitting up Lynda, TeamTreeHouse, FreeCodeCamp, and Pluralsight. You learned a core development discipline at school. Awesome. Now you need to keep going. Your graduation was the beginning of learning, not the end. Trust me, that annoyed the hell out of me when I graduated…
I have spent the better part of a decade educating developers as well as working as a developer myself. From college classrooms to immersive experiences, I have kicked off learning to code for thousands. I have also had the opportunity to help hundreds of people go from start to finish on their journey. They have gone from knowing nothing about programming to accepting roles as software engineers.
My goal is to cultivate an interest in programming and help people grow.
When you spend that much time with people new to code, you learn a lot about where people run into…
It’s the late 80’s. This moment is what I have been daydreaming about all day at school. The soft glow of the TV projecting Nintendo’s glory onto my little face. Mouth open, eyes unblinking, my fingers shifting from button to button.
At the time, I was not thinking about what the video games were doing for me. My engagement with them was purely based on joy. As an adult, immersed in the fields of education and software engineering, I see that those engagements had significant value.
So what can we take away from our time on the controller?
“That was an awesome idea!”, “I love your thought process.”, “Jamie did an amazing job on the project and has been an incredible partner.”, “You are amazingly talented, I can see your dedication and hard work.”, “I value you.”
Compliments are easy to read, but can be difficult to assign.
Cultures within our businesses are often geared toward focusing on our shortcomings, rather than our strengths. “Constructive criticism” is a term that we have learned to use as a means to show others that we are open to their critical feedback, but it is often said in a contrived manner…
My mentor is sitting with me. They’re explaining where I went wrong in my code. All I’m doing is listening with the intent to interject and defend myself, trying to regain perceived lost ground. I want to explain in a desperate attempt to save face. I know what they are saying has value, but I try and preserve mine, improperly understanding what my value actually is. The whole process is incredibly painful. Painful because my pride is under attack.
I’ve personally been in that situation countless times. Becoming a software engineer via social immersion is an excellent way to onramp…
Retention while learning absolutely relies on a learner’s effort in engaging with content, however, what happens before is arguably more important.
When we find something new that we want to learn, we get so excited and motivated. The book looks amazing, or we can just picture how good the tools will look on our desk. The allure of the skill is amplified by excellent marketing and the perceived social promises of taking up the skill makes.
I am embarrassed to admit that I have many books, tools, and courses that I have purchased, but never saw the whole way through…
A decade ago I graduated from college. Ready to take on the world, I hastily applied for a number of roles that I was oblivious to the fact I was unqualified for. Months went by without so much as a rejection email and to make matters worse, I was now facing a layoff from the job I secured while I was in college. However to my benefit, in a rare and kind gesture, they gave me six months to figure out what was next.
Newly married with a kid on the way, I was in a panic. My options were…
Devoted to people and their growth.