Inspired by the great Jessica Chan’s post on Instagram. What are the non-tech skills you need to cultivate to go from good to great in web development? 4 of hers, three of mine.
8 things to look at and rework if you’ve been applying for developer jobs and can’t get hired.
This Reddit thread blew up over the weekend with lots of devs feeling the same way. Is that you? If so, here’s advice from the community and my own thoughts and how to deal with feeling burnt out and overwhelmed.
Just uploaded a new episode of the podcast. Here’s the breakdown: Ever getting overwhelmed with how fast things change in web development and the constant learning you have to do to keep up? Heard the horror stories of developers getting burned out and scared it’s gonna happen to you? In this episode, I’m going to show you how to develop a habit of lifetime learning, the strategies I use for learning new things quickly and painlessly and how to develop and maintain stamina when learning AND in your career. Give it a listen here: https://www.johnmorrisshow.com/jms394-how-to-develop-a-habit-of-lifetime-learning-without-getting-burned-out/
Just uploaded a new episode of the podcast. Here’s the breakdown: Changing (or thinking about changing) your career to development, but uncertain because you’re a bit older? Not sure how you to make the switch and still pay the bills? Unsure if you can even make it as a developer. In this episode, I’ll show you how I made the switch later in life — what you need to know skill-wise, how to build a resume, how to get interviews and how develop plan to manage your switch. Give it a listen here: https://www.johnmorrisshow.com/jms393-how-to-change-your-career-to-development-later-in-life/
Just uploaded a new episode of the podcast. Here’s the breakdown: The future of web development is clear. You can choose one of 3 paths. And, if you’re not on the right one, FOR YOU, it’s going to be increasingly difficult to succeed. Fortunately, it’s all about self-awareness and is 100% within your control. It just comes down to knowing those 3 paths and which one is best suited to YOU. I’ll tell you how to figure that out in this episode. Give it a listen here: https://www.johnmorrisshow.com/jms390-the-future-of-web-development/
When it comes to freelance marketing, this is the most important thing I can teach you. It’s not sexy or flashy. In fact, it’s a lot of hard work. But, it’s the one thing I know I can rely on year after year, no matter the scenario. And since I started doing it, my business has grown over 500%. So, take it for what it’s worth to you.
Do you know about the Global Game Jam? It’s a challenge/event to create games in one weekend in hundreds of locations worldwide. Anyway, chat about that and how to stay laser-focused in a world full of distractions and chaos. Specifically, that focus is NOT about discipline or will power and the 3 things you need to do to stay focused no matter what’s happening around you.
Got this comment on Ytube the other day: I have trouble with getting a job. I know many web technologies, but i’m not expert in any of them. I can’t get enough experience in one technology, just by learning by myself. Bonus points if you can guess what the mistake is. Here’s a hint… Also got this comment: 1 Year ago, I was a php noob and I had no clients. Today, I have 15+ clients and I am working on 4 new client sites right now. I am booked until 2017, and I have been having to actually turn
My poor wife had an iPhone for a number of years. And (as I’m sure you’ve experienced with your friends and family) every time something went wrong, I was apparently Mr “Know How to Fix Everything”… and she’d come to me to fix it. And, every time I’d walk away with a strong urge to throw the thing against the wall. And, it was always for the same reason. The damn “back” button. Or should I say… lack thereof. As a long-time Android user, I’m used to the re-assuring embrace of the back button there to hold me tightly and
Critics have been saying PHP was dead for years now. But, here it is… still tickin’ away… picking up market share and powering the web. Matter of fact, one of the harshest criticisms I’ve seen on PHP… comes from a WordPress blog. Ya know, built on PHP. But, with the rise of frameworks like NodeJS and the resurgence of Python… Has PHP seen its last days? Should you invest time learning it? Or, will it be obsolete in 5 years? I tackle that in today’s podcast. Give it a listen Plus, I snuck in a damn good “treatise” on freelancing.
Angela Ahrendts is the former CEO of Burberry… a 3.2B/year company with over 10,000 employees. She’s credited with resurrecting the brand and raising the value of the company from 2B to 7B during her tenure. She was even reported to be the highest paid CEO in the UK as of 2012. She’s since left and went to Apple. She was hired as the Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores and is the highest paid executive (according to SEC filings)… making even more than CEO, Tim Cook. While still at Burberry, she did an interview with Sal Khan of
In 1998, Jerry Seinfeld made $267 million from the final season of his show, Seinfeld. On the way out, NBC begged him to do a 10th season… at 22 episodes at $5 million per episode. He declined. Yet, to this day… he makes $32 million per year in syndication deals. One night, backstage at an event, comedian Brad Isaac asked Jerry if he had any tips for a young comic. This is what he said: If you get value, be sure to like it and also share it with the developers you know so we can reach as many as
She stopped me mid-sentence and said: “Ok look. I’m really not supposed to do this, but I don’t want you to leave the building. Wait right here for a second and I’m going to see if I can get this expedited. Wait one minute.” I sat there for a few minutes wondering, “what the hell?” She finally came back and said: “Ok, come with me.” We walked back to the HR department and she sat me down next to a desk and said: “This is [Sally]. She’s going to process everything for you. We’re going to hire you right now.
[saf] I remember walking into the meeting sure the jig was up. I’d just got hired back to a company that several months earlier I’d walked out on mid-shift. And, not only did they hire me back… but I’d be getting a “promotion” to a management position. I’d wondered why they never asked about it during the interviews. Turns out a “glitch” in their system had failed to identify me as a former employee. But, it was fixed and now, just a couple days into my new job, I’d been found out. So, I walked into a meeting with the head
[saf] Several years ago, my little brother came to me desperate. I remember it distinctly. He had to drive to my house in a beat up 1970’s truck. On the way, it broke down twice so he had to stop, fix it on his own, then continue onto my house. I even had to send him some money halfway through so he could make it down. Needless to say, he was broke, frustrated and terrified for his future. He was also 3 years into his Computer Science degree. And, he’d convinced himself he had to finish that degree before any
[saf] My son, Davin, is a bit of a rebel. He’s the kind of kid will give you that “suuuure” look if you say something he thinks is bunk. I’ve always had to have good reasons for the things I do with. He’s a skeptical, independent-thinking dude. And, I love him for it. So about the third time he’d gotten in trouble at school… For not following “directions” (orders)… I knew I had to do something different. He’s just not a “stand in line” type of guy. And, the last think I wanted to do was kill his independent spirit so
Subscribe to the Podcast [saf] Today’s gonna be a little diddy about a fella named Joe Green. You don’t know him… which is the point. Joe was a college roommate of the Zuckster. And, I know you all love Facebook and have watched the scene in The Social Network where Zuck and his roommates built FaceMash… which was like a dumbed down version of “Hot or Not”. Our pal, Joe Green, helped build that. He also helped with the first iteration of Facebook. But like a dummy, he decided to stay in school when Mark and his Facebook cronies decided to move to California and build Facebook full-time.
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