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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Sep 8, 2017

► Learn Linux: Good Idea Or Not? (2018 & Beyond) ◄

Linux is definitely among one of the most popular programming languages nowadays.

Linux. It’s been around since the mid ‘90s, and has since reached a user-base that spans industries and continents. For those in the know, you understand that Linux is actually everywhere. It’s in your phones, in your cars, in your refrigerators, your Roku devices. It runs most of the Internet, the supercomputers making scientific breakthroughs, and the world\'s stock exchanges. But before Linux became the platform to run desktops, servers, and embedded systems across the globe, it was (and still is) one of the most reliable, secure, and worry-free operating systems available.

With all of its importance, should you consider learning Linux for 2018?

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Sep 7, 2017

► If You Don't Put In The Effort... You'll Fail! ◄

Taking a project forward takes grit and perseverance.

How many times have you heard of someone who wanted to start a new project? How many times per day do you hear people talking about new ideas they have? I would say a lot.

However, only ideas won't take you nowhere. You must be able to have grit, to keep going with your projects and to make them successful.

Wanna know how? Watch this video and find out!

The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
YouTube QA Book Launch:

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Sep 6, 2017

► How To Retire At 30? ◄

Retiring early is definitely one of the biggest dreams of most people. The dream of not working after a certain age still lies in the mind of most workers nowadays.

However, retirement age nowadays lies at approximately 65-70 years. What if you did not want to wait until that age to retire?

How do you retire at 30, for example? In this video, I'll share with you what I consider the best retirement strategy for those who want to retire at an early age and what you can do about it.

Real Estate Playlist:
The Millionaire Real Estate Investor:
Simple Real Estate Investing For Software Developers:

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Sep 5, 2017

► How To Be Confident With Your Goals? ◄

Setting goals can be a hard task and most people already fail with this. Often times, I see people talking and saying how difficult it is for them to set goals for themselves and how it stands in their way when it comes to advancing with their career.

However, setting goals is only the top of the iceberg. Once you've set your goals, you should definitely have to be able to advance with them.

Being consistent is a big part of the process... However, you cannot be consistent if you're not confident with the goals you've set for yourself.

How do you stay confident with the goals you've set? Watch this video and find out!

Want To Accomplish Your Goals? Become A Finisher:

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Sep 4, 2017

► I Am The BIGGEST Loser! ◄

Have you ever felt like a loser? Have you ever felt like you couldn't accomplish anything in life?

In today's video, I've received a message from a reader telling me like he felt like the biggest loser. Apparently, all of his projects were definitely going wrong.

What is he after all? Is he a loser? How can he turn his life around?

Watch this video and find out!

On Being A Nice Guy:
Why You Shouldn't Play The Victim:

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Sep 3, 2017

► How To Explain You've Been Fired To Other Companies? ◄

Let's say you've been fired. Whether you like it or not, this is something that impacts you and your career overall.

Though it might not be your fault, this is something that might get into your employer's eye and you must be aware of it.

How do you handle and say that to your employer? How to say you've been fired in a job interview?

The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

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Sep 2, 2017

► How To GUARANTEE You're Going To Succeed? ◄

Is there a guarantee for success?

People often come to me and ask me "John, how can I make sure I'm going to succeed?"

Well, while this is definitely a hard question to answer, I came up with a pretty simple strategy and I would like to share it. Although it may seem simple (and it might be), it holds a powerful concept and a lot of execution underneath it.

Wanna know more about how to guarantee you're going to succeed?

Trust The Process Playlist:

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Sep 1, 2017

► Programming Job: Startup Vs. Big Company ◄

Being a new programmer means getting your word out there, sending your CV to a lot of different companies and hoping you'd get called.

However, the good news comes in:

You've received two proposals. One for a startup and one for a big company.

How do you choose between the two? What are the pros and cons for each programming job? Both working for a startup and for a big company have its pros and cons.

How do you choose which programming job you should take? Is there anything you have to take into consideration?

Freedom Playlist:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:

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Aug 31, 2017

► Gregory Borelly On Programming Achievements ◄

One of the things that make me really happy is to see that people really put the things I teach here at Simple Programmer into practice.

Gregory Borelly is a perfect example of that.

In this podcast, he will share his programming achievements and how he was able to turn his career around and boost his career the way he always wanted to.

Aug 30, 2017

► Teamwork & Introversion In Software Development ◄

Teamwork is definitely one of the biggest factors that CEOs and managers take into account when analyzing their employees. Being able to be part of a team is definitely a key factor when it comes to taking the projects your company needs forward.

So... What if you were an introvert? How could you possibly become a good team player if you consider yourself an introvert?

Watch this video and find out!

Introverts/Extroverts IS Bullshit:
Soft Skills Book:
Why You Should Fake It Till You Make It:

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Aug 29, 2017

► Ending The Vicious Cycle Of Guilt ◄

Guilt is something we all need to learn how to deal with.

Guilt could be defined as a feeling of deserving blame for offenses or other things. Guilt usually appears when someone tries to guilt you or when you feel like you haven't done enough.

The dangerous thing about guilt is that it can be toxic. It can eat you up inside.

How do you end the vicious cycle of guilt?

Watch this video and find out!

How To Overcome Addictions And Bad Habits:
Dealing With Guilt & How To Overcome It:

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Aug 28, 2017

► Hanging Out With Friends And Still Save Money? ◄

Is there any way you can catch up with your buddies and still save money?

As you probably know, I'm totally devoted of living a frugal life and I believe that, in order for us to succeed in life, we need to make some sacrifices, which include saving money, saving time and devoting time to your personal projects.

I know it can be difficult sometimes, but this is something we must try. However, I understand that you don't need to stop living your life.

So, how do you hang out with your friends and still save money?

Change Your Friends, Change Your Life:
Entreprogrammers Podcast:
The Millionaire Fastlane Book:

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Aug 27, 2017

► How Do You Travel For So Long With $4000? ◄

A lot of you guys must be asking... How do the fuck John travels around Europe for 2 months?

Is he millionaire? (indeed, I am but let's not get to the facts)
How much does he spent traveling around Europe like crazy?

In this video I'll share with you my tips for traveling around Europe for cheap and how you can do it too.

My Trip To China Playlist:
What Happened After I Earned A Million Dollars:

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Aug 26, 2017

► Currency Exchange: How To Nail It! ◄

"Marketplace used to exchange currencies from multiple countries. A currency exchange constantly monitors changes in conversion rates to determine the monetary value of each country's currency."

Whenever you're traveling to a new country, which does not have your original currency as the standard coin, you need to be prepared for currency exchange. However, most people don't know how to do it the right way.

Wanna know more about currency exchange? Watch this video and find out!

Europe Tour 2017 Playlist:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

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Aug 25, 2017

Becoming A Manager With No Management Experience

There comes a time in every programmer's life where you need to decide between staying on the road of technical skills or assuming a management position.

If the time has come, you might feel fear once it approaches.

How to become a manager with no management experience? How to overcome your fears and make sure you'll do the best job you can?

Watch this video and find out!

Overcoming Fears:

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Aug 24, 2017

► How To Find Your Way In A New City ◄

I often hear people complaining about how difficult it is for them to find their way whenever they arrive at a new city.

As you probably know, I'm currently on a 2-month trip across Europe and I've decided to make this video because I'm putting into practice most of the content I'm sharing with you guys.

What is the best way to find yourself in a new city as soon as you arrive there? Watch this video and find out!

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Aug 23, 2017

Plagiarism In Work Environments

How to deal with plagiarism, especially in work environments?

Picture this: You have an idea. You think your idea is good and, with the right implementation, you can make a difference in your company.

You told your closest friends about it and, when came the time to tellthat to the company, your friend stole your idea. How to deal with it?

In this video I'm going to talk about how to deal with plagiarism in work environments and how you can use it to your advantage.

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Aug 22, 2017

► Embrace Failure... It Can Happen! ◄

Sometimes we get too focused on the achievements and the success we forgot to realize that life if made of failures too.

In this video, I'll talk about why, and how you should start embracing failure in your life and why it will prevent you from experiencing frustration in your life.

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Aug 21, 2017

How To Act At Programming Meetings?

Being a good programmer is not always about being good at technical skills. Once you become an employer (or even if you' work for yourself) there are other skills as important as technical skills that people are not always aware of.

One of the things that people value the most is: being able to efficiently work on a team.

If you can make the team go ahead, you can make yourself a valuable employee.

But being in a team implies in discussion and meetings... How to act at programming meetings? How to survive when you're surrounded by peers? What to say? How to act?

Watch this video and find out!

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Aug 20, 2017

► Why Are Coding Bootcamps SO EXPENSIVE? ◄

I usually say that there are basically three paths you can follow if you want to become a software developer:

  • Degree
  • Coding Bootcamps
  • Self-Learning

Of those three, I think that the one I would recommend the most is the coding bootcamps. However, whenever I recommend coding bootcamps, I get messages from people telling me that they are pretty much expensive.

Why are coding bootcamps so expensive? SHould you bother investing on them?

Watch this video and find out!

John Sonmez
Simple Programmer Store:
How I Became A Fucking Bulldog And Changed My Life:
SP 2017 Channel Trailer:

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Aug 19, 2017

► Josh Earl: The Guy Who "Brought Me 50k" ◄

A while back I did a video for people who wanted to work for Simple Programmer and what entrepreneurship lesson we could extract from it all.


This is why I decided to make that video.

Today, I'm going to present you "Josh Earl"... The guy, who literally brought me 50k.

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Career Story Playlist:
Entreprogrammers Podcast:
Why Your Million Dollar Idea Is Worthless:

Aug 18, 2017

► Are Ads In Apps Slutty? ◄

People are afraid to sell. This is definitely common sense. One of the biggest obstacles many people face is the inability to sell... They are afraid to be too pushy or something like that.

This type of thinking ends up permeating through other areas of life. People and the world need money. Money needs to circulate.

One of the biggest complaints about people, especially online, is the number of ads people place in apps, websites, etc.

Is is "slutty"? Should you use it? Should you bother about selling your stuff?

Watch this video and find out!

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Aug 17, 2017

► Interview With Mike: The Homeless Educator ◄

Meet Mike, the founder of World Mentoring Academy

"World Mentoring Academy (WMA)

Is a non-profit educational project offering massive open online courses MOOC. The organization was founded in April 2010 as and changed to World Mentoring Academy in June 2010 by American engineer Michael Williams "HomelessEducator" a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. With the stated mission of "Providing open education to the World", WMA offers free access to a collection of more than 20,000 online lectures from over 840 university & educational courses, teaching K-12, Trade School, undergraduate & graduate courses.

In 2010, World Mentoring Academy began using an open community Learning Management System (LMS) using available open courseware(OCW) materials from over 100 universities and educational institutions."

He's been doing an awesome awesome work and I'm really honored to have him on this channel.

Sit down and watch this amazing interview

World Mentoring Academy:
Homeless Educator YouTube Channel:

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Aug 16, 2017

Extra Degree Or Work Experience?

There comes a time in every developer's career that we need to make choices regarding which path to follow.

There comes a time when people start to ask themselves: what is more valuable and what will give me more decision power when it comes to career, getting a high paying job and becoming a well-known developer?

Watch this video and find out!

The Everything Store Book Review:

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Aug 15, 2017

Getting a Raise: Responsibility Over Money?

A lot of developers want a raise at their jobs but they don't know how to get it. Most people don't understand how economy really works and, sometimes, they feel like their employers NEED to give them a raise, while it does not work like that.

There are basically two things you need to take into consideration when getting a raise: Responsibility and Money.

Why should you choose responsibility over money? The reason? Watch this video and find out!

How To Market Yourself As A Software Developer:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
Career Story Playlist:

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