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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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Jan 12, 2017

A lot of people, especially nowadays, have a lot going on in their lives. They have to take care of a lot of things: work, side projects, family, relationships, personal goals, health, etc.

In this video, I received a question from a reader telling me that he was overwhelmed by too many tasks... Knowing that I do a lot of things, he reached me for help.

So... What can he do in order to overcome this? How can he overcome this bad feeling and get ahead with his life?

How I Plan My Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9k0OhJkjQ0
How To Win Friends & Influence People: https://simpleprogrammer.com/howtowin
Getting Things Done Book: https://simpleprogrammer.com/gettingthingsdone
How You Are Wasting Your Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaZJsyybwu8
All The Books I Read In 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haSer5FAy_s&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XPMBDfK_VvrCBbMa5G0Uyx&index=20
Creating Processes Will Free Up Your Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pFimaY_N58
I've Just Finished My New Book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJTtMWvDWwk&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XPMBDfK_VvrCBbMa5G0Uyx&index=24

SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIBLE: https://simpleprogrammer.com/audiblesubs
How To Market Yourself Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/howtomarketyourself
10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/10stepstolearn

Jan 11, 2017

Last year, as you might remember, I've spent 3 weeks in China. This trip has added a lot to my overall experience and I came back with lots of different ideas.

I've recorded a bunch of videos talking about my experience and in one of my videos I talked about how China must become the new economic potency in the next 10 years and how the Chinese market is still unexplored by some Americans.

I also said that I wanted to learn Chinese and that it would be a great idea to learn Chinese, especially to explore this new market.

In this episode, I will tell you what would I do if I was fluent in Chinese and how we can use this unique opportunity to grow and expand.

Chinese Version Of Soft Skills: https://simpleprogrammer.com/softskillschinese
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills
My Trip To China: First Impressions, Economy & The Future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-UvhQ2THjU&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4VxYMXa01def1HOeF4Ouf5x&index=1

Jan 10, 2017

 

So, today we are going to talk about software architects in agile scrum environments.

So, as you all know, a software architect is a software expert who makes high-level design choices and dictates technical standards, including software coding standards, tools, and platforms. The leading expert is referred to as the chief architect.

In these environments, there must be some problems with these software architects and the rest of the team.

In today's video, I received a question from a team member asking what is the purpose of these software architects in the team and why the only thing they do is to give orders...

Why they are even programmers if they don't write a single line of code?

Eating Shit: When You Have To Do Things You Don't Like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHUPkO6k2X8&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XRTEK79UXmtkUT-jsP4rUP&index=121

Jan 9, 2017

A lot of programmers have a really hard time trying to find a perfect niche for them to work on.

Usually, they get caught up in so many questions that they can't even see the bigger picture...

"Is my niche small?", "Is my niche profitable enough?", "I feel like there is not so many people out there in my niche", etc...

So, how do you know if you programming niche is good enough? How can you know if you made the right choice?

Specialization & Niching Down Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4W5SK-MGjp_KSFZF2pEMCt8
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses: http://simpleprogrammer.com/pluralsight

Jan 8, 2017

So, as you know I do a lot of real estate videos and I believe real estate is one of the best investments a programmer could ever make in his/her life.

The cost is relatively low, it is not too difficult to start and, with the money we get paid, it is very easy to create a little income on the side by becoming a real estate investor.

So, I do a lot of videos about real estate for people that want to invest, but I never did any of these videos for renters.

In this video, I'll give the best tips I have for first time renters, people that plan to rent their house/apartment for the first time and feel lost on where to start.

Real Estate Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4VWM_cpbXXYIYSaLjiTdtA-

Jan 7, 2017

Guilt.

According to its definition, Guilt is the state of one who has committed an offense especially consciously OR feelings of culpability especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy.

If you're a human being, you've probably felt guilty before and this is a very bad feeling to be felt.

Guilt can be a pain in the ass of a feeling when we want to achieve what we really want in life. We might feel guilty for a hundred reasons, family, friends, for yourself...

In this episode, I'll teach you how to deal with guilt and, most importantly, how to overcome that.

Don't Let Anyone Claim Ownership Over Your Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOjCNkMBNRM&index=49&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XRTEK79UXmtkUT-jsP4rUP
"Boundaries" Book: https://simpleprogrammer.com/boundariesbook

Jan 6, 2017

A lot of developers struggle with lack of confidence. In fact, I've talked about this several times on this channel, because this is such a recurrent topic in the software developer community.

One of the ways that this lack of confidence can appear is in the form of the "Impostor Syndrome".

For those who don't know, Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud". Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.

So, how to you deal with this lack of confidence and develop your inner security?

5 Soft Skills Every Software Developer Should Know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVC3DQvAAIA&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XRTEK79UXmtkUT-jsP4rUP&index=2
What My Life Was Like 7 Years Ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbrY4YwTvfg&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XRTEK79UXmtkUT-jsP4rUP&index=6

Jan 5, 2017

This week, Haseeb decided to team up with me on one more amazing interview for this channel.

For those who don't know who Haseeb is, he is a software engineer working at Airbnb. He has devoted himself to donate 33% of his salary to high-impact charities.

He used to be a student, then instructor, then Director of Product at App Academy, a top coding bootcamp in San Francisco. Before that, he was a world-class professional poker player and he also wrote a best-selling book on poker.

In today's interview, we will discuss how he was able to overcome all of his challenges and became a world top class developer.


Haseeb Qureshi Website: http://haseebq.com/
Haseeb Qureshi YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/INTERNETPOKERS/feed

Jan 4, 2017

Senior Developers... How can they possibly exist and be so useless?

In today's video, I've received a question from a reader that was bragging me about senior developer.

Basically, he said that senior developers are only seniors because of their time on the field and nothing more. And man, it shouldn't be this way, c'mon!

He asked me how could he possibly deal with them. They are trying to implement new pieces of technology and these senior developers are making it hard. This new piece of technology is so good, how can they cannot see how amazing it is?

If you're interested in how you can make this shock of technology less painful for your whole team and how to extract the most out of senior developers, listen to this podcast and find out!

Can You Learn Anything In 3 Months?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1nwyyuDCsA&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4VF1NxwrvNjVLerfulXpGcQ&index=3
I HATE All Programming Jobs... Help!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jleYPt47_ts&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4UOmNNyVJntU3lVXalp1weU&index=16

Jan 3, 2017

So, recently I've received a very intriguing email. In this email, this guy was telling me that he was depressed by watching me.

He felt like his life was nothing by watching me. In his view, I was too perfect and I was something that he could never dream of achieving.

So, I decided to record this video as a response to this email and I also wanted to tell you some stuff that I think it's very important. Don't ever think that someone else's life is more important than yours.

How To Enjoy (And Not Envy) The Success Of Others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7jDWZzRLAI&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XRTEK79UXmtkUT-jsP4rUP&index=147
Career Story Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4UR55IrHNC7xSzOG0CA3AaJ
How My Shitty Genetics Led Me To Success: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGs2G7twg_M&index=29&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XRTEK79UXmtkUT-jsP4rUP
STOP Comparing Yourself To Others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TwKSoCFZdw
5 Softs Skills Every Software Developer Should Know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVC3DQvAAIA&index=2&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XRTEK79UXmtkUT-jsP4rUP
Screwing Up Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4W1n9obxIL6x27sYB4kxuf9
Getting Back On Track After You Screw Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5ztB6-JJSk&index=88&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XRTEK79UXmtkUT-jsP4rUP
What My Life Was Like 7 Years Ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbrY4YwTvfg&index=6&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XRTEK79UXmtkUT-jsP4rUP
When You Don't Give 100% Of Yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab2Lnqvfm2Q&index=75&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XRTEK79UXmtkUT-jsP4rUP

Jan 2, 2017

If you're a regular watcher of this channel, you've heard me talk about niching down and specialization, right? One of the major strategies I talk about in my videos is the ability to specialize and niche down, picking a specific theme.

However, a lot of people complain about that. They say that they won't have topics and substance to write and to create a blog around this theme.

Besides that, one of the major fears of people is picking a small niche. They are afraid that the niche they choose might be too small to build a business around.

In today's podcast, I'll discuss what can be done if your niche is too small and what are the strategies you can use to boost your profit, even if you work in a small niche.

Tony Robbins "Unleash The Power" Seminar Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwAkxRZ_UKE&list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4XRTEK79UXmtkUT-jsP4rUP&index=178
1,000 True Fans Blog Post: https://simpleprogrammer.com/1000truefans

Jan 1, 2017

So, a lot of you are interested in investments and I really love to see such things growing and becoming more popular among software developers.

In this episode, I'll talk more about investments, especially about liquid and safe investments.

Do these type of investments really exist? What are the best options for those people who want to invest safely and have a solid ROI?

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