And how not to be one

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Meet Bob

Bob is an extremely ambitious and overachieving developer.

He works hard, refines his coding skills on a daily basis, and always finishes a project on or ahead of time — eager to get started on his next project. You can look at his code and immediately intuit that he’s a master at designing and architecting beautifully written code. He loves everything his job has to offer and because of that, he shows up every single day with an energy that allows him to pound out value like a machine. He feels on top of the world.

Bob is the quintessential…


Set goals, manage your time, learn quickly, and apply immediately

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I came into the Salesforce development industry knowing nothing, absolutely nothing, about Salesforce: how it was used in business nor how to even develop on it. I was as clueless as a newborn baby seeing the light for the first time — I suppose most of you understand this feeling when tackling a new programming language or framework.

That being said, I was very uncomfortable starting and was afraid that I wouldn’t fare well in this uncharted territory of cloud development.

Boy, was I wrong.

Come my first week of training and I fell in love with this technology almost…


The disastrous consequences of planning for success

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“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” — Murphy’s Law

As developers, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that everything we develop will have its intended effect.

We like to believe that what we make will be a success, so we plan for a project with the high expectations that it’ll yield a positive outcome and high return on investment. So, we allocate a lot of time and resources to a project, seeing it all the way through to completion without batting an eye. …


The illuminating act of death and what it’s taught me about living.

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There I sit, in the chair across from the hospital bed, on the night of my senior high-school homecoming dance. Never would have I thought I’d be in this position. Yet…here I am. Barely able to wrap my adolescent head around what was going on.

The next thing I know, my dad starts convulsing, keels over and vomits about a pint of dark blood into a bucket. This was happening all night…

This is what dying looks like. A man, the strongest I knew, had his hardened shell reduced to that of a living carcass — hoping for death. An…


And how to survive the test of time

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In college, I would ask several of my classmates why they chose to pursue a Computer Science degree.

I would hear things like:

  • “I loved video games, so it seemed like the right thing to do”
  • “Programming is one of the most in-demand skills in the job market, why wouldn’t I?”
  • “I had this one app idea and I wanted to learn the skills to build it myself”
  • “It provides the potential of one of the highest paying jobs out there”
  • “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I know I like computers, so here I am!”

Those…


It all just fell into place.

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I never intended to be a writer.

At one point in my life, I hated reading so much that I refused to pick up a book. Funny thing is, all my teachers growing up hinted at the fact that I had a natural talent for writing. Funnier even, I hated that too…

I overcame my fear of reading back in 2017 when I began to acknowledge how good the practice was for you. Ever since, I’ve been in love with reading, even going on to swallow hundreds since I ingrained that habit into my lifestyle.

Still, it never crossed my…


Resolve these problems with your mindset and you’ll be one step closer to happiness

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You are the most malicious villain in the story of “you”.

You stand in your own way. You create your own roadblocks. You are the reason that you’re not happy.

Why?

The way you perceive and react to reality and its entropic nature are what either make you or break you when it comes to defining a happy, content and satisfying existence.

How to break the vicious cycle that constantly plunges you into a pit of despair? Identify the patterns of thought that you constantly find yourself defaulting to and aim to make an actionable, permanent change to your core…


You’ve killed your creativity

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I once knew a musician turned developer who told me that being a musician had absolutely nothing to do with the work he does as a developer.

He said there is no way that it translates. That they are two completely isolated crafts.

I’d say he’s closed-minded.

We need to be more open-minded and willing to step outside the narrow box of development and look more outwardly towards every component of life and what there is to be learned within life. Once you can identify and make those connections, only then can you become truly creative and innovate beyond expectations.


Cultivate your “learning engine”

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The Biggest Flaw in Being Self-Taught

One of the greatest accolades developers can have etched on their chest is being “self-taught.” We want to be recognized as intelligent individuals who are fully capable of getting difficult tasks done without assistance. We want to be dependable yet self-reliant.

I would consider myself self-taught in many aspects, but what many self-taught people would know is that it’s damn hard to teach yourself.

Even relying on experience alone isn’t good enough to expedite your growth beyond expectations. There are many “experienced” developers who are rather average in their ability to architect, design, and develop in efficient and intuitive ways…


It’s not the content. It’s you.

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Perhaps you just finished James Clear’s Atomic Habits and are amped to build 5 new habits that you’ve always believed would surely transform your life.

Maybe you just read Cal Newport’s Deep Work and feel like you’re fully prepared to work 4 hours straight immersed entirely in a flow state..no problem.

Or you just gobbled up as many of Tim Denning’s or Ayodeji Awosika’s work as you possibly could — topped off with some motivational YouTube videos.

You’ve never felt more motivated, inspired, and energized to completely transform the trajectory of your life into a more positive direction.

Then….you wake…

Zachary Minott

Cloud Developer | Philosopher | Avid Reader | Lifelong Learner | Athlete | Email: zacharyminott1997@gmail.com

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