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, one of the most popular software development blogs, and the author of the best-selling book, "Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual." ( 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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Nov 21, 2017

► What Simple Programmer Is REALLY About! ◄

A lot of you guys, I imagine, are completely lost when it comes to understanding what Simple Programmer is really about.

As you probably know, Simple Programmer started out as a programming channel but it has now migrated to being more of a self help and personal development channel.

So... What is Simple Programmer now? What has Simple Programmer turned into?

Watch this video and find out!

Simple Programmer Store:
Trust The Process Playlist:

Nov 20, 2017

► Getting A Programming Job: Looks Over Technical Skills? ◄

So, the world does not work in the best way possible and we know that. Social justice does not happen "as it should" and sometimes, we feel the injustice in us.

When getting a programming job, what should matter the most? Looks or technical skills? If you're sane, you've probably answered "technical skills".

However, as I said before, this is not the way the world works...

What matters the most? Looks or Technical Skills?

The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
How To Know If A Side Project Is Worth It:

Nov 19, 2017

► Danny's Success Story: Building A Successful App ◄

In today's video I'm going to share Danny's success story and, in this video, he will share his success in building an app.

And best of all... Using all the advice I give here in Simple Programmer.

Wanna know more about his story? Watch this video and find out!

The Secret Sauce For Continuous Motivation:
Motivation For Software Developers:

Nov 18, 2017

► Bad Things Happen To... Make You Better ◄

How do you react when bad things happen to you?

Do you feel anger? Do you feel like you've been injusticed? Do you feel like the world is against you?

I get it. It can be one of the worst things in life and the anger you nurture inside of you will definitely take you down.

But... What if those bad things were happening for a reason? The reason to train you... To make you better?

Why There Is No Such Thing As "Loss":

Nov 17, 2017

► How To Avoid Traps When Asking For A Raise? ◄

Asking for a raise is definitely one of the biggest taboos amongst developers (and employees in general). This is such an easy thing but still, most people do it wrong.

Well, the purpose of this video is not to teach you how to ask for a raiser, I already teach this in my "The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide".

However, I must say that there are traps when it comes to asking for a raise, and these are definitely things you should be avoiding.

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Staying Late At Job?:
Creating Weekly Reports For Your Boss:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

Nov 16, 2017

► You Can't Live For Cheap...! Can You? ◄

A lot of developers, in this channel, tend to do little on my money and financial advices. As you know, I've talked several times about the importance of living for cheap in today's world, in order to unmortgage your life.

However, for most people, living for cheap, seems impossible. Why is that?

In this video, I'll show you HOW you can definitely change your life and live for cheap, even though you seem like it is impossible.

How Can I Live In An Expensive City For Cheap?:
Some Thoughts On Obama Care:

Nov 15, 2017

► Shaking Off Your Bad Reputation As A Developer ◄

People have reputation. You perceive people as they show up to you, right? Nothing more normal than that.

However, our choices definitely pave the way for us, when it comes to creating a good/bad reputation for ourselves.

What do you do if you have a bad reputation at work? What can you possibly do to change that?

Watch this video and find out!

How To Beat Laziness (2018 Updated):
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

Nov 14, 2017

► Who Will Validate You As A Developer? ◄

I often see programmers and developers facing some inner challenges when it comes to finding their self-value.

Most programmers believe that they need external validation when it comes to becoming a programmer. Nowadays, college is not the only path you can take when it comes to becoming a programmer.

There are a lot of other paths you can take that will make an awesome developer that won't give you a degree, a validation.

So... How do you validate yourself as a developer? Only you can do that.

Screw Gatekeepers:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

Nov 13, 2017

► Am I Ready For A BIG Programming Project?◄

A lot of developers sink in fear when it comes to improving themselves and getting bigger projects.

The impostor syndrome is definitely something that takes on lots of programmers and this is big. They start to question themselves about their worthiness and if they are really able to take on bigger projects.

How do you know you're ready? How do you know you're ready for a BIG programming project?

Watch this video and find out!

Xamarin Evolve Talk:
Real Estate Investing For Software Developers:

Nov 12, 2017

► How To Take Action (Even Though You're Full Of Fear?) ◄

Taking action can be a pretty difficult thing. Most people plan and fantasize their dreams but they are never able to put what they have fantasied in action.

Mostly because there is one thing holding them back: FEAR.

How to take action even though you're full of fear inside?

Watch this video and find out!

Turning Your Idea Into a Business With Dan Martell:
5 Soft Skills Every Developer Should Know:

Nov 11, 2017

► Lily Ma On Choosing Your One Word And Taking Responsibility ◄

Join me while I talk to Lily Ma, a wonderful woman who specialized herself in finding the one word from people who are feeling lost with their careers.

In today's interview, Lily Ma will help me to find my one word and this will definitely dictate my direction from now on.

Your One Word:

Nov 10, 2017

► I Feel Lost When Learning Programming!◄

Learn Programming can definitely be a pretty difficult and tricky thing.

With a lot of information out there, it is almost impossible to know where to start if you're not following a proper learning plan.

In today's video, I have received a question from a fan of the blog telling me that he feels lost everytime he wants to learn programming.

There is a lot of information out there and he does not know where to start. Besides that, he feels like he is not making any progress.

How to overcome this? Watch this video and find out!

10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:

Nov 9, 2017

► Should Programmers Become Network Engineers? ◄

A network engineer is a technology professional who has the necessary skills to plan, implement and support the computer networks that support in-house voice, data, video and wireless network services.

But... Why are we talking about Network Engineers?

Most people don't know, but this is a field that some developers are starting to pay attention to.

However... I'm not going to be the one who will talk about network engineers today.

Instead, I'm going to leave that with a pro.

Check Out NetworkChuck:

Nov 8, 2017

► How To Become A Freelancer Software Developer? ◄

When I was working a regular 9-to-5 job, I’d often fantasize about starting my own business––working for myself.

I’d think about how nice it would be to be a freelancer and not have a boss. I’d daydream about traveling the world, working whatever hours I pleased, and making hoards of money from lucrative contracts.

Then I’d snap to reality as I realized I had no idea how to go about making something like this happen. I mean, how do you actually become a freelancer and work for yourself?

This is the dream of most software developers. Most of them fantasize about working for themselves, just to start in freelancing and discover that things do not work 100% like that.

The first question you should ask yourself is if you are sure whether or not you really want to embark upon this path.
Don’t get me wrong; I want you to become an entrepreneur of sorts.
I want you to eventually stop working for “the man” and find your path to freedom.
But freedom is not for everyone.

The reality is that it is going to take a large amount of work to even get to the point where the dream is a reality.

Nov 7, 2017

► I Have No Direction In My Career◄

How would you feel if you had no direction in your career? This is exactly today's topic.

I've received an email from a reader telling me that he felt completely lost in his career. As you know, the success for software development means specializing and finding your niche.

What could be more harmful than feeling lost in your career?

In this video, we'll talk about how to find directions in your career and why this is such an important thing to do.

How Everyone Thinks They'll Become Rich Someday:
If You're Gonna Do Something, Give It Your All:

Nov 6, 2017

► Too Late For Javascript Tutorials? ◄

Is it too late to start creating tutorials about JavaScript?

While the question might seem too specific, I'm gonna use it to talk about a broader term, which is how to enter an already "saturated" niche.

As you might know, people have been creating JavaScript tutorials for a long time and the internet is crowded with a LOT of information. How to enter and compete with those people and tutorials? How to beat them?

Watch this video and find out!

John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
Specialization & Niching Down Playlist:

Nov 5, 2017

► House Prices In The Bay Area (Sillicon Valley) ◄

I've been seeing a lot of talk lately about whether it is a good idea to buy a house in the Bay Area, where Sillicon Valley lies.

It might seem like a good option, since there is this whole hype around Sillicon Valley. What a good investment, hunh?

However, prices are high and... Will Sillicon Valley be there forever?

In this video I'll talk to you about house prices in the bay area and if buying a house there is definitely a good option. - Ask Me What You Want:
Buying A House: Best Practices (Real Estate):
Simple Real Estate Course For Software Developers:

Nov 4, 2017

► I Don't Want To Be Your Fucking Hero! ◄

Don't get me wrong here... I really wanna help you guys in ways you can't even imagine.

My point here is to address that... Some people are putting too much expectations on me.

"John, you are my hero!"

I really appreciate that, from the bottom of my heart. However, I invite you to think that you might be forgetting about the only person that matters in your life, which is you.

In this video I'll tell you about why I don't want to be your fucking hero and why you should never forget who is in control of yourself, which is you.

Screwing Up Playlist:
Why You're Always Going To Be Alone In Life:

Nov 3, 2017

► I'm 30... And Still Living With My Parents! ◄

Imagine if you're 30 years old... And you're still living with your parents.

Would that hurt? Although this might seem impactful, this is the reality of a good portion of americans nowadays.

Due to the changes in economy, the rising in real estate prices and other factors, more and more people are delaying its moving out from home.

So... What would you do if you were 30 and still living with your parents? Should you consider moving out? Should you consider living with them?

Watch this video and find out!

Nov 2, 2017

► Why Specializing In Software Development Is Important ◄

So, do you wanna become a developer right?

Let me read you mind. You decide to become a software developer. You're amazed by what you can possibly do and how much you can earn by becoming a programmer.

So, you just type in Google "How To Become A Software Developer". Your mind gets filled with "becoming a SOFTWARE DEVELOPER" that you totally forget what type of developer you need to become.

In this video I'll share with you why specializing in software development is important and why you can't be a jack of all trades when it comes to programming.

Specialization & Niching Down For Software Developers:
How To market Yourself As A Software Developer:
My Pluralsight Story:
10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly:

Nov 1, 2017

Learn Programming By...Doing?

I tell you guys that the best way to learn something is by doing, right? For me, it doesn't matter how many books you read per day, how many times you get in front of your computer watching online courses... Unless you start practicing your knowledge, it will serve you nothing.

However, there are some people who disagree. In today's video, I received an email from a reader telling me that she was trying to learn by doing, but it was totally worthless.

She was wasting time and wasn't learning anything.

So... What should she do? How could she learn that learning by doing is the best way?

Watch this video and find out!

5 Soft Skills Every Developer Should Know:
10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly:

Oct 31, 2017

► Why Did I Quit Pluralsight To Focus On Simple Programmer? ◄

A lot of you guys ask me why have I quit Pluralsight in order to focus on Simple Programmer.

As you might already know, one of the first millions I have made in life was teaching courses in Pluralsight. I have managed to create more courses than anyone else there and most of my courses were successful, which led me to earn A LOT of revenue.

I could have done more courses for Pluralsight but... I decided to quit.

Yeah, you heard me right. I decided to quit Pluralsight and focus on Simple Programer. Could've it been the best option in terms of money?

I don't think so...

However, in this video I'll share the reason why I've done it.

Sign Up For Pluralsight:
How Pluralsight Changed My Career Pt. 4: Got Rich & 30 Courses In A Year!:
The 50th Law:
Josh Earl: The Guy Who "Brought Me 50k":

Oct 30, 2017

► Got A New Job...! I Won't Be Paid For A Year! ◄

If you're a software developer, you've probably been approached by a great number of startups by business owner who wanted you to work for free for a certain amount of time in exchange of something.

In this case, this guy that emailed me said that he was approached by a startup to work for free for an year, in exchange of a 50/50 split in the next year.

He got a job. He won't be paid for a year. He will work for free.

What should he do? Should he get the job? Will it pay off?

Watch this video and find out!

The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

Oct 29, 2017

► Lack Of Hope... What Happened After I Got Back From Europe ◄

If you were watching my YouTube videos while I was back in Europe, you've probably seen a lot of motivation shifts inside me. There were some videos while I was on fire and I really wanted to talk and record videos and there were other while I was doing just because I needed to.

The thing is: I lacked hope. I really lacked hope.

Since I was back from Europe, my mind has been full of a lot of different thoughts, especially when it comes to hope and my professional future.

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Events That Can Change The Course Of Your Life:
Creating Justifications For Your Mistakes... NO!:
Keeping Motivation And Not Getting Off Track:

Oct 28, 2017

► Should You Compare Yourself To... Weaker People?◄

Remember when I talked about comparing to other people and how it can be a damaging thing to do?

Comparing yourself to other people will only make you feel bad. You can't compare yourself to other people's successs and your only goal should be to compare yourself to who you were before.

However, this is when we talked about comparing yourself to better people, however... What about weaker people?

Should you use these weaker people to justifty your mistakes and your road?

Watch this video and find out!

Don't Compare Yourself To Others:
Wanna Do Something...? Give It Your All!:

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