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Ego is the enemy for software developers

I recently finished reading the book “Ego is the Enemy”, by Ryan Holiday and came up with many valuable advice and I decided to write this article.

When you hear the word enemy, you probably think about regular expressions, bugs, deployments, meetings and deadlines. Actually, in our quest to reach our goals and become the software developers we want to be, we are usually our own worst enemies. Ego is what prevents us from asking for help, learning, collaborating and working hard.
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Learn Programming Like Einstein Learned Physics

 

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As I wrote in a previous post, one other article that I had the pleasure to write has been published in SimpleProgrammer.com. It is about emulating the patterns of the Nobel Prize winner physicist, Albert Einstein in software development. I invested more than eleven hours in it, taking into account the research, article outline, writing, and reformulating the points that I wanted to mention. It may seem so much time, but I enjoyed writing it, and I am grateful that so many people have found it helpful. Continue reading

Save time writing long texts with a few keystrokes using PhraseExpress

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One really cool application that saves me time is PhraseExpress. I have been using it for a few years now and I am nothing short of impressed by its usefulness and the ability to help you out in your efforts to be more productive.

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10 Underestimated Social Skills Many Programmers Forget About

 

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I recently had the privilege to publish my first guest post in SimpleProgrammer.com, which is a very good website filled with so many tips and suggestions for software developers. I wrote the article about some soft skills, a topic that I believe is underestimated, and wanted to remind myself and fellow software developers about their importance. Continue reading

How to be more present

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During these recent times, I have found myself wandering aimlessly in thoughts about the past, or the future, without paying too much attention to the present action. I tend to feel nostalgic about something good that happened in the past, or being excited about plausible future outcomes, and not focusing on the current activity that I am involved on. Knowing that I may continue this pattern of behavior in the future as well, I am making an intention of making a change. Continue reading

How to deal with an overwhelming project

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Big projects, like Tesla, or Amazon.com, are nothing short of something that does not stop to amaze us. When you think about actually being the people who have worked and made them possible, you will most definitely be feeling a sense of overwhelming. It is normal, as these projects are that big, and you might not know where to start. I think that the people who have started these projects have been experiencing the same feeling. However, they did not let those feelings get in their way of execution and stopping them from putting in the real work. Continue reading

Write about things that you are grateful for and revisit it each time you feel bad

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We all have our difficult times, when we feel not that good. These problems tend to take a lot of our attention that we suddenly forget all the other great opportunities that we possess. Our head is mostly filled with these dark opinions about how unfortunate we are and then we try to recall other periods in our lives when we were going through tough times too. It is difficult to become aware that these problems are usually temporary and that a way to overcome them is most definitely nearby. Continue reading

Increase the number of books you read by using Stephen King’s way of constant reading

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Neil Pasricha wrote an article about 8 ways that can help one read a lot more during the year. Among the things that he mentioned one advice made me ponder a bit more than the others: Reapply the 10,000 steps rule. Continue reading

How do we sabotage our own success?

We have so many goals and ideas. Whenever someone tries to talk to us about their goals, we immediately start to think about our own and how awesome those goals are. Very big goals and big ambitions, but when we are asked about the reasons that are holding us back and not allowing us to progress and really accomplish them, we realize that we are only talking about those goals. Continue reading

Learning as a new way of procrastination

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We live in an area when it is easier to find information than to go out and buy at a local market nearby. Although it sounds fascinating, this has come to us as a cost: We are only learning new things, and getting new information, but hesitate and procrastinate from the actual work. Before you move on to read this article, let me ask you something: Why are you reading this? Is this article something that is really interesting for you to read, or why are you still here? Honestly speaking, there are times that we are only trying to busy ourselves with other things as an excuse for not taking action. Continue reading

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