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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 20, 2017

Success Story: Mitch Tabian On Building Online Programming Presence

Mitch is one more of those awesome success stories I like to share with you guys to show that, once you start to put everything I teach you in this channel, the chances of success are close to 100%.

Here is part of how his life changed one he started applying what I teach in this YouTube channel: " I think you will probably remember me as I've emailed you several times in the past and commented on quite a few videos - but who knows, you have such a large reach know I think it would be easy to get lost in the crowd.

I have been watching your videos since December 2015 (back when you still had the squeaky voice in some of your videos and occasionally wore a fidora). At that point I was in my last semester of school, finishing up my BSc. Physics and Diploma in Enginnering Physics. I had NO idea what I really wanted to do when I graduated in approximately 4 months.

This was scary AF.

Very quickly I saw that my true passion was writing code. I had taken only 2 java classes, a Python class, a C++ class and an Assembly programming class. But upon reflection I realized that was what I really liked doing.

I had ZERO idea how to become a software developer with my current education. After asking around I came to the conclusion that is was possible - so I started watching YouTube videos.

I had to come up with a way to really learn to code, and learn quickly because I only had 4 months until I needed to get a job - and unemployment was not an option for me. I can't sit idle, I need to do things.

This is where you came in. I watched your videos and listened to your advice. I bought your blogging course and made my own blog. I then decided I was going to share with others as I learned and made a YouTube channel. On the channel I made (and still make) video tutorials for Android App Development. This accelerated my learning pace by x100. Teaching others is the single best way to learn something yourself. It forces you to develop a much deeper understanding. When your presenting something you can clearly see all the holes in your knowledge.

I started out only doing 1 or 2 posts a week but I was coding and learning a ton after school and on weekends. My first videos were shit and when I look back at them I cringe a little - so I completely understand how you felt when watching your old videos when you had that squeaky voice lol.

Fast-forward to graduation in April 2016: I managed to get an IT job at one of the largest companies in the province where I live. It wasn't a programmer job, but they employed programmers so I was very excited. I really believe the only reason they even brought me in for an interview is because of the technical skills I learned when teaching myself so code. I'm pretty good with people so that sealed the deal in the interview, but I doubt they would have called me without the programming/database skills I put on my resume.

Fast-forward to today: I quit my job about 4 months ago to do my own thing. I had done a few contract jobs building apps for people/companies while I was working my IT job and decided that I was going to give the YouTube and Freelance Android Dev thing a try - and really commit to it. Now everything is going really well for me"

Wanna know more about Mitch's story? Watch this video and find out!

Mitch Tabian Yt Channel: https://simpleprogrammer.com/mitchtabianyt
Mitch Tabian Courses: https://codingwithmitch.com/courses/
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide: https://simpleprogrammer.com/career-guide-yt

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