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Simple Programmer Podcast

The Simple Programmer Podcast is a short podcast that is a mix of career advice, philosophy and soft skills from successful author and software developer, John Sonmez. John is the founder of http://simpleprogrammer.com, one of the most popular software development blogs, and the author of the best-selling book, "Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual." (http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills) Geared towards a programmer or software developer audience, but contains practical advice on: Career development Entrepreneurship Fitness Finance Productivity Personal development And more... That anyone can benefit from. Each episode is between 5 and 10 minutes long with at least 3 new episodes each week.
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Jul 1, 2016

How Long Does It Take To Write A Blog Post?

If you're a blogger you've probably wondered if the amount of time you spend writing a blog post is "normal". Maybe you spend 8 hours writing a 500-word blog post. Or maybe you spend weeks trying to come up with a 2000 word blog post.

How in the hell will you know if this is normal? How can you possibly know if this is a decent amount of time you should spend trying to write a blog post when you don't have anything you can rely on?

Well, the amount of time you spend writing a blog post will definitely depend on and rely on a lot of different factors. Time, research, ability etc. So, is there an amount of time you can use to measure your performance when writing a blog post?

Watch this video and find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
GET ACCESS TO SIMPLE PROGRAMMER COMMUNITY: https://www.patreon.com/simpleprogrammer?ty=h
FREE Blogging Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/blog-course

Jun 29, 2016

Is Software Development Analytical Or Art?

A lot of people tend to ask me "John, why do you think that software development is art?".

I do think software development is art. While this might seem controversial, let me explain my point. First of all, we need to understand how hybrid things are nowadays. It's difficult to find something 100% pure in 2016. Things mix up with other things and they get a whole new meaning when that stuff happens. Said that, I do think that Software Development is analytical. And a lot.

However, if you think of software development just as something analytical, you'll probably be left behind by the ones who understand that software development is also an art.

When you start to see programming as an art, you'll understand that you have the power to build anything. You, as a developer, has the ability to build an entire universe, just by writing code. And this is where the art comes in.

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
GET ACCESS TO SIMPLE PROGRAMMER COMMUNITY: https://www.patreon.com/simpleprogrammer?ty=h
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

Jun 27, 2016

Why Is Marketing "Result Oriented"?

If you deal with marketing in your day-to-day life, you've probably heard that marketing is a "result oriented" thing. But, what do I mean by marketing being "result oriented"?

Whenever you try to market something, you need to focus on the results you're bringing to your audience, instead of the features of your project. But does it have an explanation for it?

Well, in fact, yes. When you focus on the result you go straight to your audience's dreams and desires. When you focus on the results that your product can bring, you open the eyes of your customers to how their lives can change after they buy what you have to offer. And this little tweak on the way you market your products or services can literally change how your customers perceive the value of your offer and increase the chances of people buying it.

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
How To Market Yourself Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/howtomarketyourself
10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/10stepstolearn
FREE Blogging Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/blog-course

Jun 24, 2016

How To Contribute To The Open Source Community?

The open source community grows each and every day. A lot of companies are adopting open source software, people and students are using it to learn, innovate and create new things and the landscape is drastically changing, each and every day.

Due to that, a lot of forums have emerged, with people helping each other and discovering new things together.

So, what is the best way to contribute to the open source community? How should you approach those people those projects and benefit yourself from it?

Watch this video and find out!

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SUPPORT THIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.patreon.com/simpleprogrammer?ty=h
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

Jun 22, 2016

I Became A Manager And I Don't Write Code Anymore... What Now?

Becoming a manager is a part of some software developers. They work during some years, get to know the company, get some experience and they eventually become managers.

However, the job of a manager includes a lot of different tasks than writing code: you need to manage people, have social skills, have the ability to manage projects, manage time, tasks, etc.~

With all of these tasks, writing code becomes almost secondary and can literally disappear from your day to day and regular tasks.

So, what do you do after you become a manager and don't write code anymore? Will you lose your skills? How can you revert this situation? Should you even revert this situation?

Watch this video and find out!

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SUPPORT THIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.patreon.com/simpleprogrammer?ty=h
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

Jun 21, 2016

Interview with Doc Testosterone

Due to a lot of requests, I decided to continue doing this video series for guys. Just quite after I've done the video about Pornography & Masturbation, Doc Testosterone started also doing a lot of videos about that important topic.

As you know, I don't believe in coincidences, so... I decided to record an entire interview with Doc Testosterone, telling you about masculinity, man issues, man health, etc.

For those who don't know, Doc Testosterone is a YouTube Channel dedicated to educate men on how to maximize testosterone levels naturally by optimizing their sleep, diet, exercise and lifestyle. Dr. Farhan Khawaja (Doc Testosterone) is a professionally trained Neuroscientist who teaches state-of-the-art strategies and techniques on how to maximize masculinity using basic scientific principles as well as the latest research from peer-reviewed publications. (Extracted from Doc Testosterone YT Channel)

If you're interested in improving your Testosterone levels naturally, watch this amazing interview.

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Doc Testosterone Channel: http://bit.ly/28IJn6W

Jun 20, 2016

I Have So Many Goals I Can't Focus... What Should I Do?

21st Century. We have a lot of things going on, projects to do and things to handle. We need to be able to cope and maintain our career, family, social life, dream projects, etc.

All of these things can turn out to be pretty consuming. All of these things can drain your time and energy and make you completely lost.

When you get lost however, you lose focus. And when you lose focus, you're screwed.

So, what should you do when you have so many things going on, so many things to focus that you can't simply focus on anything? What is the best place when you're in this type of situation?

Watch this video and find out!

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GET ACCESS TO SIMPLE PROGRAMMER COMMUNITY: https://www.patreon.com/simpleprogrammer?ty=h
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

Jun 17, 2016

Screencasting Vs. Blogging: Which One Is Better?

If you watch this YouTube Channel regularly, you probably know the importance I give to blogging. Blogging has proven to change careers, improve your reputation and give you opportunities that no other method would give you.

However, today I received a question about screencasting. What would I say that is the best option: screencasting or blogging?

Screencasting is when you record your screen while doing something. It can be used to record tutorials, online classes and a lot of other types of things.

So... Should you be screencasting or blogging? Listen to this episode and find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
How To Market Yourself Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/howtomarketyourself
FREE Blogging Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/blog-course

Jun 14, 2016

How To Become A Consultant Without Experience?

A lot of programmers dream of becoming consultants. Consultants are often a status job that can provide you a very good financial reward, while putting you at a very good and solid level at your career.

There are a lot of different ways of becoming a consultant. The most common is to make a gradual transition, once you achieve a certain level at your career. People will start calling you to ask for advice and you can start making this career shift.

However, how would you do it if you had no experience? How can you possibly become a consultant if you have zero experience?

Listen to this episode and find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
How To Market Yourself Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/howtomarketyourself
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

Jun 13, 2016

Some Freelancing Questions

A lot of people have the dream to become freelancers. They aim that by working as freelancers they would get more flexible with their agenda and even make more money.

However, becoming a freelancer isn't easy. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered and this can cause some confusion. I tried to answer some questions on this video:

1) I have a great idea and I can hire someone to do most of the code. But how do I find someone that will not steal my idea?
2) I freelance my services. Do I need to incorporate / register as a LLC?
3) As a freelancer, should I buy liability insurance?
4) What is your opinion about freelancer.com and similar sites? Okay in some cases or better to find someone local?

Wanna know the answers to these questions? Listen to this episode and find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

Jun 10, 2016

How Passive Is Real Estate?

Real Estate is a well-known invest and it is among one of the best types of investment in the world. it is solid, can provide a high return rate, etc.

However, how passive is real estate? How much will you need to invest your time and effort in this type of investment?

is it worth to start investing in real estate if you don't have time to put into this investment? Watch this video and find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

Jun 8, 2016

Should I Invest In Technologies For Self Development?

Today I received a question from a reader asking me if he should invest in technologies for self-development.

The situation is basically this: He works for a company and he wants to improve his knowledge. So, he asked if it was a good idea to buy technology licenses so that he can improve and learn using that technology?

Is it a good idea? is this the only option? Watch this video and find out!

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Pluralsight Courses Page: https://simpleprogrammer.com/pluralsight
FREE Blogging Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/blog-course

Jun 6, 2016

Should I Sacrifice My Sleep So I Can Work More?

In this video, I'll talk a little about sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is when you give up your sleep in exchange of other "more important tasks".

Today I received a question from a reader asking me about sleep deprivation. In this video, he asked me if it was ok to sacrifice his sleep in order to work more and advance in his career.

While this may seem like the "best option" at the moment. You need to think about sustainability, personal health, and overall performance?

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

 

Jun 3, 2016

Do I Need A Prestigious Degree To Get Hired By A Big Company?

This is a question I receive a lot: "John, do I need a prestigious degree to get hired by a big company?".

People fear that they won't be able to get hired by a big company like Google or Microsoft if they don't possess a prestigious degree. Is is true?

Big companies have merely two ways of recruiting people:
1- They use recruiters and get people right from universities. Those are the really big universities, the prestigious one.
2- They get a referral.

If you don't fit on the first option, there is definitely other paths you should follow to get hired by a big company. Bottom line is: No... You actually DON'T need a prestigious degree to get hired by a big company.

Wanna know how to do then? Listen to this podcast and find out!

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Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

Jun 1, 2016

Does It Matter If People Are Smarter Than You?

Have you ever felt that? You're in a room, and you feel like other people are smarter than you. You begin to feel like shit like you'll never accomplish anything. Sounds familiar huh?

In today's video, I received a question from a student asking me about this thing. Does it matter if people are smarter than you?

Will these people have a much better life than you have right now? How should you overcome this feeling of people being smarter than you? Should you even bother about this?

Listen to this podcast episode and find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

May 30, 2016

Are Hybrid Apps A Good Choice?

Hybrid Apps seem to be getting a lot of attention over the last months. People are experimenting and it seems that we have a lot more of these type of apps being produced.

But... What are hybrid apps?
According to techtarget.com, "A hybrid application (hybrid app) is one that combines elements of both native and Web applications. Native applications are developed for a specific platform and installed on a computing device. Web applications are generalized for multiple platforms and not installed locally but made available over the Internet through a browser. Hybrid apps are often mentioned in the context of mobile computing.".

Developers are beginning to realize the importance of hybrid apps and how much they're getting their market share increased.

So, the question is... Are hybrid apps a good choice? Should you focus and invest in those type of apps?

Listen to this episode and find out!

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Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

May 27, 2016

How Do You Find A Mentor?

Most people feel lost in life. They don't know which path to take, they don't know what do to next and it often ends up creating stress and stopping people from evolving.

What some people end up doing is finding a mentor. They search for someone to show them the right steps and what to do next.

The benefits of having a mentor are innumerous: boost your confidence, helps you get a better control of your life and career, teaches you important life lessons, etc.

Most of the people, however, don't know how to find a mentor. What should you do? Where should you start?

Listen to this podcast and find out!

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Clarity.fm Website: https://clarity.fm/
John Sonmez Coaching Services: https://simpleprogrammer.com/coaching-services/

May 25, 2016

How To Prevent Companies From Stealing Your Idea?

How could you possibly compete with big companies? Most of the developers want to be entrepreneurs. They love the process of creating an idea, shaping it, releasing, watching how the public will perceive this idea and, of course, making a profit from it.

However, there is a small point that needs to be highlighted here: Big Companies. How could it be possible to compete with big companies, with big budgets? How can you avoid having your idea stolen by a company?

There are a few things you could do, and some other truths you also need to hear. Listen to this episode and find out!

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Why Your Million Dollar Idea Is Worthless: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj4iYm-lrfg
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

May 23, 2016

How Do I Find A Job In A Small Niche?

How are you supposed to find a job in a small niche? A lot of people are afraid of taking the leap and investing in a career they like because of fear. It happens more often when it's a small niche we are talking about.

A lot of people fear that they won't be able to get a job and live a stable life if they invest and a small niche.

In today's episode, I answer the question from a reader that wants to work with CUDA. For those who don't know, CUDA is an engine from Nvidia that has almost no "open job offers" on the internet.

He is afraid that, if he invests in this new technology, he won't be able to get any jobs. Is he right?

Listen to this episode and find out!

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Specialization & Niching Down Playlist: http://bit.ly/specializationplaylist
FREE Blogging Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/blog-course

May 20, 2016

Do Companies Like To Hire Entrepreneurs?

Companies like to hire people. That's an obvious statement. However... Do companies like to hire entrepreneurs?

Today, I've received a question from a reader asking me that question. He wants to include in his resume that he is an entrepreneur but he is afraid that it might end up ruining his career and his chances of getting a job. So, this is my question to you: Do companies like to hire entrepreneurs?

While there is no right or wrong answer to this question, there are a few questions you should be asking yourself before getting or applying to a job in any company. So, watch this video and find out what are the answers you should be asking yourself before you, as an entrepreneur, apply to a job.

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Matt Kremer Interview: https://simpleprogrammer.com/2015/02/09/matt-kremer-got-3-five-figure-raises-3-years/
Entrepreneurial Course EARLY ACCESS: http://simpleprogrammer.com/entrepreneurial-course

May 18, 2016

How To Expose A Security Problem To A Company?

Security breaches and security problems are always a big problem in the dev field. Even some very well written and robust codes can end up having security problems. So, what might be your conduct when you discover something like that?

Most of us, would end up telling the company that we've discovered a security breach. So, what is the best way to expose a security problem to a company? How should you approach this situation? Will they end up liking what you've just done? Should you expect something in return? Should you benefit yourself before exposing this problem?

Listen to this podcast episode and find out what is the best way to handle this type of situation when it happens.

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How To Market Yourself Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/howtomarketyourself
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

May 16, 2016

The REAL Reason Why You're Not Productive

We all want to be productive right? Over the last few years, a huge amount of studies, theories, books, and strategies have been published about productivity. Different authors, life coaches, and productivity coaches have specialized in making people more productive in this ever changing world of the 21st century.

However, while there is a lot of different strategies, people seem to be unable to follow these strategies. They find it hard to implement these strategies and they often fail, getting back to their standard routine. So, today I'm going to ask a simple question: Why most people fail when trying to become more productive?

What most people don't know is that, if there is a missing piece in this whole story, things will definitely fall apart quickly. And that missing piece is definitely discipline. If you don't have discipline, you won't be able to stick to whatever changes need to be made and, then, everything will fall apart.

So, how do you develop discipline? Why is it so important in order for you to become more productive? Listen to this podcast episode and find out!

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Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills
Why I Fast Until 5 Every Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAScRmlcHaE

May 13, 2016

Is Game Development Career Viable?

Some people dream of becoming a game developer. And I include myself in this statistic. For a long time, I've dreamed of becoming and working with game development.

For those who don't know, Video game development is the process of creating a video game. Development is undertaken by a game developer, which may range from one person to a large business.

But... Is this a viable career path? Can you actually make money by becoming a game developer? Is the competition high? What should you do in order to become a game developer? How should you start?

Listen to this podcast and find out.

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/

May 11, 2016

How To Get Rid of Stubborn Belly Fat?

If there is one thing that people hate the most when it comes to body image is the stubborn body fat that is one of the last things to disappear when people go on a diet. Despite losing a good percentage of body fat, people still tend to store fat in their belly region.

For people that want their abs to show up, having belly fat can totally kill any chances of succeeding. Abs literally won't show up until you lower your belly fat, so that they can show up.

Is there a way to get rid of this stubborn belly fat? Watch this video and find out!

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Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

May 9, 2016

Why Do You Work So Hard If You're Rich?

John, why do you work so hard if you're rich? Today I have received a very interesting question. A viewer asked me why I still work so hard if I'm rich. He also says that he wants to get at that level where he can stop working and just "enjoy life".

Well, I've kind of already discussed this on previous videos I did, but I thought I could do another one. Well, the thing is: My mindset tells me to always improve.

For a long time, I've tried to think that things would come to an end. I've waited a long time for things to end. For example, I waited a long time for me to retire, thinking that nothing would come after. However, this is not the type of mindset you should have.

Watch this video and discover why I still work hard and why you should do it too. Forget waiting for things to come to an end.

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Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

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