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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Apr 6, 2016

Book Publishing Strategy: How To Rank #1 On Amazon?

How To Rank Number 1 On Amazon? As probably the majority of you know, I'm the author of Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual Book. And with that book, I got ranked #1 on Amazon and I still figure out among the highest ranked books on Software Development.

So, what is the strategy for ranking so high on Amazon's Best Seller Books? Well, the most powerful strategy I have for ranking #1 on Amazon is building up what I call "launch day".

The launch day consists in reuniting all efforts and all actions into one single day, which is the day you'll launch your book. You need to create a very powerful and consistent marketing strategy so you can make a lot of people buy your book on your launch day. Once you do that, you'll hit the #1 spot on the Amazon's Best Seller Books.

It helps not only the ranking but, the more people see your book among the top books of your genre, the easier it will be for you to sell more books.

So, are you interested in figuring out how to rank #1 on Amazon? Listen to this podcast and find out!

Soft Skills Book:

Apr 4, 2016

What Are Good Ways Of Investing Money?

In today's video, I've answered a question about investing money. What are good ways of investing money? Should you focus on real estate, building a business or getting a degree? Are these options even viable for a normal citizen?

Besides that, I give you some tips on other strategies you could use to increase your profit, such as lowering your expenses and reducing your costs.

Interested in earning more money? Wanna know how to invest your money so you can duplicate your income? Watch this video and find out.

Here are the books I've recommended on the video:
E-Myth Revisited:
Built To Sell:
Millionaire Real Estate Investor:

Soft Skills Book:

Apr 1, 2016

How To Set A Client's Expectations On A Programming Job?

Working with a client on a programming job can be though. How do you know exactly what the client wants? How to set correct expectations for a client when working with someone?

This is exactly what I answer in this video. If you're a programmer and you just got a programming job, you should know exactly what does your client expect from you and what you're going to be able to deliver.

Communication skills is one of the most important things when working with someone, especially on a programming job. Having the ability to talk to your client can definitely help build a healthy communication and relationship, and avoid severe headaches and bad career reputations.

Are you interested in how to set a client's expectation when working on a programming job? Watch this video and find out.

Soft Skills Book:

Mar 30, 2016

What To Do When Your Family Gets In The Way Of Your Career?

This is a very difficult situation. Sometimes you want to get ahead in your career, work like crazy to make sure you earn that promotion or that client but... There is something you can't forget: Your Family.

What should you do when your family, inevitably, gets in the way of your career? How should you manage your time to make sure you're going to handle both? What should you prioritize?

Soft Skills Book:


Mar 28, 2016

Can "Normal Developers" Learn Design?

This is a common question I get asked a lot: Can normal programmers learn design?

You're a programmer... You write code. What if you could step up your game and learn not only how to write code, but to design... Do you think this is possible?

Design is often seen as a mystical subject. It's 8 or 80: You either have "they eye" for design or you don't. What most programmers don't actually realize is that, in fact, they can learn ANYTHING, even design.

If you're a programmer and you want to learn design, however, you'll have to commit. Learning design is a devotion and it is not something you become a master overnight. It takes time, it takes devotion and it can be tricky sometimes.

If you want to learn anything quickly, check out my course:


Mar 25, 2016

Business Cards & Job Hunting Websites: Is It Worth It?

Business Cards... The goldmine of some decades ago and now it seemed that it is faded to failure... Are they still worth it? Is it still a good idea to invest in business cards? What should be your position when it comes to investing in business cards? How can they be useful on the digital era?

Job hunting websites... A place where you can place yourself as a commodity and wait for someone to hire you... Is it worth investing in these websites? Are they going to bring you a good reputation? What should you expect from them?

How To Market Yourself Course:

Mar 23, 2016

How To Start Blogging Even If You Have Zero Experience?

This is one of the most common questions when it comes to blogging: How should you blog even if you have zero experience?

Sometimes, a lot of developers and people procrastinate because they don't know how to start blogging. One of their main misconceptions and obstacles is the fact that they don't know enough. They don't know enough to position themselves as authorities and start blogging about whatever topics that come to mind.

How should you proceed when you want to start blogging but you don't have the experience to do so? How should you start blogging even if you have zero experience? How should you organize your blogging, posts, etc. to showcase, at least, some experience and skyrocket your career?

FREE Blogging Course:


Mar 21, 2016

Change Your Friends, Change Your Life!

This is a frequent question I receive and it is also a question that I often cover on my YouTube videos. It all started when I covered a concept extract from "The Personal MBA" Book which stated that "Your Setpoints Determine Your Reality".

After that, I've received a lot of questions from people asking me how they could change their setpoints. I did a video about that which stated that you needed to change your social circle if you wanted to change your setpoints.

Jim Rohn once said: "You Are The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With". Due to that, if you really want to raise your setpoints, you need to change your friends and the people you hang out with.

But... Isn't it mean? Isn't it evil? How should you change your friends? Should you stop hanging out with them? Should you cut them out of your life?


Mar 18, 2016

John Sonmez... Are You Happy?

In today's podcast I've received kind of an interesting question. A viewer from the channel asked me if I was happy.

While this may seem like a very difficult question to answer, I tried to answer it. A few months ago I'd probably say that "I don't know". But today, things are quite different than they were a few months ago.

In this podcast episode I discuss a little bit more about what happiness means and why you should start looking at yourself to see what happiness really means.

So, click play and understand why and how to build happiness on your day to day life.


Mar 16, 2016

Switching Jobs As A Fresh Programmer... Is It Viable?

Some Programmers have the dream of switching jobs. They want to start a new career or even, switch jobs to earn more income. What is the best way to do it? Is it viable? Is every programmer capable of switching jobs and getting a better offer?

This is exactly what this podcast is about. Hit play to find out!

Mar 14, 2016

Will Apple Destroy Bloggers By Making AdBlocks Easy To Install?

Apple recently made it super easy for iOS users to install AdBlock programs on their devices, whether it's on desktop or mobile. Basically, Apple is trying to start a war with Google, which revenue comes basically from ad selling.

Due to that fact, bloggers are literally stuck in the middle of this war. With Ad Revenue as one of the main sources of income for some bloggers, this could mean in an entire restructure of an entire business model.

Will Apple really destroy bloggers in the long run? How can bloggers overcome this situation and limitation?

Listen to the podcast's episode to find out!


Mar 11, 2016

I Want To Start A Company With 3 Friends... Is It A Good Idea?

In today's video I've answered a question about starting a company. One of my readers asked me if it was a good idea to start a company along with 3 of his friends.

They're just graduating students and they have this ambitious idea of building a company. Should they aim for it... Or should they give up and look for a corporate job at a big company?

Listen to this podcast episode and find out.

Mar 9, 2016

Drinking In The Morning Will Ruin Your Fasting Diet?

If you follow this YouTube channel, you're probably aware that I fast until 5 pm every day and I usually have only one meal per day.

I received a question from a friend asking me if he should drink some flavoured drink in the morning. Will this ruin his fasting diet? Will this 10 calories of the pack make his fasting diet ruin down?

Listen to this podcast episode and find out!


Mar 7, 2016

Why are you procrastinating to take action on your projects?

In today's podcast, I'll answer a question from a reader of the blog. He says that he wanted to start creating online courses but he is unsure about what is the best way to start. Should he record his face? Should he use chroma key? Should he record only his screen?

While these questions are indeed important, I think this might not be his main issue. In fact, he might be procrastinating because of a deeper issue of his.

Watch this episode and find out why you may be procrastinating on your projects too and find out how you can stop doing that.


Mar 4, 2016

What Is The Most Efficient Way To Read Books?

Most people think that only reading books will change their lives. However, most people don't even absorb any information of the books they read.

So, what should you do in order to read books efficiently? Watch this video and find out!


Mar 2, 2016

How To Write A Professional Weekly Repot For Your Manager?

Whether you are an employee on a corporate job or a freelancer, you need to have an excellent relationship with your employer or client. Communication is one of the most important things you should have in order to continuously build trust and make your work valuable.

Writing a weekly Report is one of the simplest and easiest things you can do in order to build trust on your job and make the life of your manager easier.

But... How should you write a killer weekly report? is it complicated? How should you structure it?

Click play and listen to this episode to find out!


Feb 29, 2016

What is the best way to start building an app?

Do you know how to start building a mobile app? Do you know what you need in order to build an app?

Most software developers don't even know how to start building an app. Should they plan all the way down or should they start building and change things as they get feedback? Should you develop for android or for iOS?

Should you sit down and plan the entire application before writing even a single line of code?

Just listen to this podcast and discover what is the best way to start building an app!

Feb 26, 2016

Xamarin Evolve Conference 2016:

Android Vs. iOs: Which One Is The Best? And... Which is the best if you're a software developer?

I get this question a lot and I felt like creating a video to answer this question.

Android and iOS are basically the biggest mobile platforms, now, in 2016. Both Android and iOS have its strengths and weaknesses. Which one should you prefer if you're a software developer?

According to Comscore (, both Android and iOS have its specifications that every software developer should be aware of:

- iPhone Users are Slightly Younger and More Affluent
- Android Users Have Broader Content Category Reach, Despite iOS Users’ Higher Propensity
- iPhone Users More Likely to Engage in M-Commerce
- iPhone Satisfaction Corresponds with High Device Loyalty
- Developers Should Think About What’s Most Important Before Developing an App

Every software developer should think and do a very detailed research before developing an app, no matter what platform do they choose.

Is iOS better and more reliable? Does Android offer more options to work as a developer and, thus, will be the future?

Android vs iOs: Which one is the best if you're a software developer?

Feb 24, 2016

Do You Have To Be An Entrepreneur To Be Successful?

I often get this question from my readers, asking me if they need to be entrepreneurs to be successful.

Well, this is a tough question do answer. Although you may be successful doing whatever you want, it is necessary and mandatory to understand why entrepreneurs have a higher chance of being successful.

Can you still be successful as an employee, consultant, or whatever you want to be? Sure! But entrepreneurs have this higher change!

Listen to this podcast to find out why entrepreneurs have a higher change of getting wealth and success.


Feb 22, 2016


Do you lie to yourself?

If you do, then you're about to destroy your entire life and career! Lying to yourself is one of the worst things you can do to yourself.

Most of us don't actually seek out truths. Instead, we try to avoid even finding them out.

There are places in your life that are screwed up. There are insecurities which you have inside that you don't wanna face. But, you REALLY need to face it.

If you really want to be successful you need to be true to yourself. Lying to yourself in all (or just in specific) areas of your life will be very harmful to you.

If there is one advice I could give you is... Don't life to yourself. Instead, choose to face reality.

Feb 19, 2016


You feel like you can't go on with your life. You feel trapped and nothing that you do seems to work. You're trapped inside of your own life.

You have work, school, family and friends to deal with. And you don't see a way out of this... WHAT SHOULD I DO JOHN?

Well, there are a lot of factors that play a role into this whirlwind of disasters... And one of them is: laziness.

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself if you're being lazy? if you didn't, it's time to do that!

Feb 17, 2016

Do you want to create value and wealth for your life? If so, you need to follow the 70/30 rule.

What is this 70/30 rule all about? Well, most of us spend more time-consuming content and learning new stuff instead of producing.

If we really want to be successful and start creating value to other people, we need to make this shift and turn this proportion upside down. We need to start to produce 70% of our time and leave the other 30% to learn and consume new stuff.

Feb 12, 2016

Do you have a blog? Does your blog have readers? If so, then you're almost half of the path to success. But, in order to be successful, you'll need to pass through another path: Engagement.

Do your readers engage with your content? Do they comment, like and share your blog posts?

If your answer was no, then you're in trouble! Don't worry! in this video I share some techniques you can start implementing on your blog in order to get more engagement from your readers.

Feb 10, 2016

American Software Developers (and freelancers, in general) are suffering from a newborn of the global economy: outsourcing.

Nowadays, clients can hire cheap freelancers in India, Philippines instead of hiring full-time employees and committing to their social rights...

This scenario is stealing jobs from American Software Developers and Freelancers... But... Is it really a threat to american software developers?

Feb 5, 2016

Can You Be Too Old For Software Development & Programming? Is it possible to be an excellent programmer when aging?

In today's video, I've answered a question about a reader that asked me about "Programming Till Old".

Can Old Software Developers Still Be Relevant On The Field? What Happens To Older Software Developers And Programmers?

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