Developer Meat-Gazing

Back when I was just a lil’ coding padawan, I had a serious case of code-envy. Facebook, when it first came out; WordPress, Drupal, Laravel, there was even this one called Dolphin for social networks.

All these amazing applications and frameworks.

These coders with their big, beautiful code.

And, I’d find myself gazing enviously at them.

“How in the hell am I ever going to compete with that?”

Then, one day, I got contacted randomly by a guy who asked me to build him a unique kind of e-commerce site. Something none of the big shopping cart applications of the time could do.

And so, I built it.

And, he was happy.

And, it was all kinda weird.

I didn’t think it was possible, but it was.

And, I realized I didn’t HAVE to compete with those guys.

Not like I had been thinking, anyway. Those guys had spent years getting to the point that they could code those applications. And, along the way, they’d probably built dozens of smaller applications just like the one I did…

For smaller, lesser-known clients or projects.

And, built their way up.

All I really had to do was get started and keep moving.

And, not let my fear of another man’s code keep me impotent.

Fast-forward a few years and here I was building membership sites for famous people like Michael Hyatt, Lewis Howes, Tim Ferriss and Inc. Magazine. And, I’d imagine there were a few coders gazing passionately at my… ahem… code, now.

Point is…

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you first start out.

You see all those developers doing all these amazing things.

Technology changing and evolving so quickly.

And, you can start to wonder, “how the hell will I ever keep up?” But, the truth is, once you get past this initial learning curve, it’s actually not near as hard as you might think. And before you know it…

YOU will be the one other developers are “gazing” at.

Just gotta keep your head down.

And, grind through it.

In any case, that’s where I come in. I help you get through that initial learning curve faster and with a helluva lot less frustration and misstepping. And, my entire curriculum to do that is available over on SkillShare…

Where you can get started for nothing.

Just go here to start your 2-month no-cost trial:

Take all my coding and freelancing courses.

Cancel anytime before the 2 months is up and never pay a penny.

Not an easier way to get going in my not-so-humble opinion.

But, do what you want.

Link is here:



Who else wants to build a thriving freelance business?

I’ve helped 39,413 other freelancers start and grow thriving freelance businesses. Are you next? Subscribe to my Freelance Secrets newsletter and I’ll show you how.

You might also like

John Morris


I’m a 15-year veteran of freelance web development. I’ve worked with bestselling authors and average Joe’s next door. These days, I focus on helping other freelancers build their freelance business and their lifestyles.

Who else wants to build a thriving freelance business?

I’ve helped 39,413 other freelancers start and grow thriving freelance businesses. Are you next? Subscribe to my Freelance Secrets newsletter and I’ll show you how.

Success Stories

Ready to add your name here?

Tim Covello

Tim Covello

75 SEO and website clients now. My income went from sub zero to over 6K just last month. Tracking 10K for next month. Seriously, you changed my life.

Michael Phoenix

Michael Phoenix

By the way, just hit 95K for the year. I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve taught me. You’ve changed my life. Thank you!

Stephanie Korski

Stephanie Korski

I started this 3 days ago, following John’s suggestions, and I gained the Upwork Rising Talent badge in less than 2 days. I have a call with my first potential client tomorrow. Thanks, John!

Jithin Veedu

Jithin Veedu

John is the man! I followed his steps and I am flooded with interviews in a week. I got into two Talent clouds. The very next day, I got an invitation from the talent specialists from Upwork and a lot more. I wanna shout out, he is the best in this. Thanks John for helping me out!

Divyendra Singh Jadoun

Divyendra Singh Jadoun

After viewing John’s course, I made an Upwork account and it got approved the same day. Amazingly, I got my first job the very same day, I couldn’t believe it, I thought maybe I got it by coincidence. Anyways I completed the job and received my first earnings. Then, after two days, I got another job and within a week I got 3 jobs and completed them successfully. All the things he says seem to be minute but have a very great impact on your freelancing career.

Sarah Mui

Sarah Mui

I’ve been in an existential crisis for the last week about what the heck I’m doing as a business owner. Even though I’ve been a business for about a year, I’m constantly trying to think of how to prune and refine services. This was very personable and enjoyable to watch. Usually, business courses like this are dry and hard to get through…. repeating the same things over and over again. This was a breath of fresh air. THANK YOU.

Waqas Abdul Majeed

Waqas Abdul Majeed

I’ve definitely learnt so much in 2.5 hours than I’d learn watching different videos online on Youtube and reading tons of articles on the web. John has a natural way of teaching, where he is passionately diving in the topics and he makes it very easy to grasp — someone who wants you to really start running your business well by learning about the right tools and implement them in your online business. I will definitely share with many of the people I know who have been struggling for so long, I did find my answers and I’m sure will do too.

Scott Plude

Scott Plude

I have been following John Morris for several years now. His instruction ranges from beginner to advanced, to CEO-level guidance. I have referred friends and clients to John, and have encouraged my own daughter to pay attention to what he says. All of his teachings create wealth for me (and happiness for my clients!) I can’t speak highly enough about John, his name is well known in my home.

Sukh Plaha

John is a fantastic and patient tutor, who is not just able to share knowledge and communicate it very effectively – but able to support one in applying it. However, I believe that John has a very rare ability to go further than just imparting knowledge and showing one how to apply it. He is able to innately provoke one’s curiosity when explaining and demonstrating concepts, to the extent that one can explore and unravel their own learning journey. Thanks very much John!

Mohamed Misrab

Misrab Mohamed

John has been the most important person in my freelance career ever since I started. Without him, I would have taken 10 or 20 years more to reach the position I am at now (Level 2 seller on Fiverr and Top Rated on Upwork).

Who else wants to build a thriving freelance business?

I’ve helped 39,413 other freelancers start and grow thriving freelance businesses. Are you next? Subscribe to my Freelance Secrets newsletter and I’ll show you how.