The #1 thing he looks for in a developer

My little brother works for this big tech company.

And, he’s a senior consultant…

So, he has people who work for him.

And, any time he gets a new employee… he tests them the exact same way. He’ll give them a chunk of SQL code (he does data migration) and ask them to learn it. Then, he waits. He’s looking for something very specific.

So, sometimes one will come back a few weeks later and say:

“Ok, so what’s this code for exactly, again?”

While others will come back and say:

“So, I noticed if I change this part of the query, it’ll do X… but if I change this other part, it’ll do Y… oh and you have to be careful about Z, otherwise it’ll return invalid data…”

Which one do you think he invests his time in?

Seems simple enough.

But, I see developers doing this all the time.

They’ll email and drop some massive chunk of code…

And say, “fix it for me”.


Sorry bud.

Maybe, this coding thang ain’t for you.

This is gonna be a bit “get off my grass” old man-ish, but I think new developers, these days, are a bit spoiled… because there’s so many options now. So many different ways you can learn this stuff. So many really good courses and tutorials.

That some of you are getting a bit entitled.

Like you’re owed to be taught every exact little detail.

C’mon y’all.

Ultimately, this thing is on you.

It’s about your life and what you want.

And, nobody owes you anything.

The one thing that has always and will always separate really successful people from everyone else… is initiative. Is grabbing this ish by the horns and wrangling that mofo to the ground, tying it up and taking it for yourself.

Nobody will hand it to you.

Wow, okay.

Getting a bit ranty here.

But, here’s the point…

If you want it, go get it…


Don’t wait for anyone else to give it to you.

Don’t ask permission.

Go take what you want.

(Obviously, in a moral and ethical manner.)

Anyway, that’s one of the many important things my little brother revealed in an interview I did with him about his path from a broke college student (with 6 kids) to a 6-figure coder… in just 3 years. He also talked about the exact interview process he went through at IBM and what he did to ace that. Also, what he did to establish himself as invaluable at IBM and leverage that to double his salary in about a year.

And, every other little thing he’s learned along the way.

You can get access to that interview over on Patreon at:

If you wanna learn how to try and become a 6-figure coder from someone who’s actually done it, head over and check it out. Again, here’s the link:



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