The Power of Coding with Emotion

What can we learn from high performers in other disciplines?

Paul Singman
Feb 8 · 4 min read
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You have a burning passion inside you.

Maybe you feel it in this moment, or maybe it’s a feeling you lost touch with lately due to circumstance.

“The emotions you are feeling at this very moment are a gift, a guideline, a support system, a call to action. If you suppress your emotions and try to drive them out of your life… you’re squandering one of life’s most precious resources” — Tony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within

Keeping the flame alive

One of the ways to keep the flame of your passion alive is to envision a climactic moment you strive towards.

For a developer, the big moment is…

…what? Or are our lives destined to an infinite malaise of pull request templates and bug fixes?

“The same barrier that kept me out of pain also kept me out of pleasure. It barred me from solutions and sealed me in a tomb of emotional death…” — Tony Robbins

No, you won’t ever be coding in front of a thousand screaming fans.

And it’s probably for the best to not act like Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer during the Windows 95 release event:

Finding Emotional Clarity

Instead, don’t worry about focusing on a specific event occurring in the future, but rather identify the feeling that goes with it.

“If we decide to think, feel, and act as the kind of person we want to be, we will become that person.” — Tony Robbins

Practical Solutions

While I could continue waxing poetically on the topic for forever. There’s no one truth I’m driving towards, but there are many paths one can start to go down to bring more emotional joy to daily work.

1. Pair Programming

Riffing with a teammate while coding is a great way to avoid diving into the depths of the unforgiving world of bits and logic solo. Find someone you work well with and schedule a weekly session, or message them when you’re getting stuck to jam out.

2. Staying Active in the Community

I wake up every morning to a series of notifications from Medium of people clapping my posts or becoming new followers. Other people have thousands of Twitter followers who will retweet or heart even the most trivial of 280 character thoughts.

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