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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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May 9, 2016

Why Do You Work So Hard If You're Rich?

John, why do you work so hard if you're rich? Today I have received a very interesting question. A viewer asked me why I still work so hard if I'm rich. He also says that he wants to get at that level where he can stop working and just "enjoy life".

Well, I've kind of already discussed this on previous videos I did, but I thought I could do another one. Well, the thing is: My mindset tells me to always improve.

For a long time, I've tried to think that things would come to an end. I've waited a long time for things to end. For example, I waited a long time for me to retire, thinking that nothing would come after. However, this is not the type of mindset you should have.

Watch this video and discover why I still work hard and why you should do it too. Forget waiting for things to come to an end.

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

May 6, 2016

Got Fired? Don't Act Like A Victim!

Getting fired is a thing that can happen to all of us. It is hard, it can destabilize your entire life and plans and it can also make you feel like shit. What should you do in cases like that?

There are a lot of different things you can do in order to reestablish your life and job after you get fired. However, the one thing you shouldn't do is acting like a victim.

Acting like a victim will definitely put you in the losing position. It will prevent you from putting yourself in the "active" position and make your go further and search for another job. Instead, you'll feel passive because those things happened to you.

Wanna know more? Listen to this Simple Programmer Podcast's episode and find out.

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

May 4, 2016

Does It Matter Where You Graduate From?

Graduating and going to a university still is a major part of everyone's life. A degree still has its importance in some degree and having gone through a university still may give you a handicap when it comes to salary and getting a job.

However... Getting and not getting a degree may play a difference in your life... But, does it matter where you graduate from? Will it make a difference if you graduate from university X or university Y?

Listen to this episode to find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
College & Degrees Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjwWT1Xy3c4Vb62x21YXuKfEGrI5sOgnx

May 2, 2016

How To Get Ideas For Building Apps & Software?

Building an application and software requires technical skills. You must learn and know how to write good code, how to solve problems, you must understand and choose the proper languages you'll use when building what you want, etc.

However, there is another side of this whole situation. How do you come up with ideas for apps and software? How do you decide and pick good topics that can turn out to be great product ideas?

Listen to the podcast and find out.

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/10stepstolearn

Apr 29, 2016

How To Deal With Business Partners?

There are some developers that are not only developers. They're also entrepreneurs. And the entrepreneurship road can be hard. One of the hardest things of the entrepreneurship road is definitely learning how to deal with people and business partners.

What is the best way to deal with business partners? What limits should you impose so that both sides win? How should you handle business partnership? What should you expect from your business partners?

Listen to this episode and find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

Apr 27, 2016

How To Deal With Aggressive Code Review Comments?

If you work for some company writing code, you've probably dealt with code reviewers. These code reviewers aim to find flaws in your code, usually with the objective of improving and making the overall system works better.

However, this is not always what happens.

Sometimes, these code reviewers are complete idiots and they tell you nothing that matters. They don't make efforts to provide a decent feedback and, end up being complete bastards. So, what should you do in these situations?

How should you handle aggressive code review comments? Listen to this episode and find out.

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/

Apr 25, 2016

Emptiness: When You Don't Do Things For Yourself

There comes a time in our lives that we simply need to stop and ask ourselves for who are we living for. Today, I received a question from a reader that was literally lost in life.

He quit university, he is suffering from serious parental pressure and he seems completely lost. Meanwhile, he is trying to find his space and he is trying to survive all this.

However, at this time, he seems to be motivated and acting as if he was trying to prove his family wrong. And this is exactly my point here.

Whenever you try to do things for others, it usually ends up in disaster. You feel empty because when you accomplish whatever it is that you're trying to find, you feel empty.

And this is exactly what this podcast is about.

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/

Apr 22, 2016

Do You Need To Learn Math To Be A Programmer?

This was a very interesting question I got from one of Simple Programmer readers... Do you need to learn math to be a programmer?

Is math really that necessary for programmers? Will you be a bad programmer if you don't know math? In what ways math can help you as a programmer and developer?

Listen to this podcast to find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/

Apr 20, 2016

How To Get Into Management Position As A Developer?

Most developers, despite loving to code, aim to be at a management position at some point on their career. However, sometimes, this transition is not so clear. It can cause confusion and it may even stop a lot of developers from trying to get into this position.

So, what is the best way to do that transition? How to get into management position as a developer? Does it have a secret? Is it easy? Is it hard?

Listen to this podcast to find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

Apr 18, 2016

Should A Developer Learn Mature Or Brand New Technologies?

As you may know, technologies come and go nowadays. There are those major technologies, that are basically matured and solidified on the business. They are the ones that were proven right and are now being used by thousands of people around the world.

On the other hand, there are brand new technologies. They've not conquered their space on the market yet. At the same time that they can be successful and take down majors, they can also bomb.

In what type of technologies should you focus? Mature and solid or brand new ones?

Listen to this podcast to find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/

Apr 15, 2016

Will We Become Useless When Computers Take Over Our Jobs?

Will all humans become useless on a future time when computers take over the jobs? Will computers replace us in a near future? Wel... The answer is YES! In some way...

The fact is that the automation process is inevitable. And with that automation process, comes a price that jobs are replaced by computers, robots and machines. What does it represent for you? It represents that you need to step up your game to avoid being eaten by the replacement zombies.

Are you interested in knowing how to survive in this near future? Watch this video and find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/

Apr 13, 2016

Why Does Programming Suck?

Today I've received a very interesting question from a reader. Why does programming suck? While it may seem a little bit controversial, having a programmer talking about why programming suck, may seem kind of odd but, well... It does suck sometimes.

One of the reasons why programming sucks is the technology. Technology changes at a rapid pace and it is very difficult to keep up with those changes. Another reason why programming sucks is that it can be difficult and well... The building process is also "shitty".

Do you agree with the reasons why programming suck? Do you think programming sucks at first place? Let me know what you think!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
How To Market Yourself Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/howtomarketyourself

Apr 11, 2016

Mac Vs. Windows: Which Operating System is Better?

Mac Vs. Windows... Always a difficult question to ask. Which operating system is better? Which operating systems performs better?

It seems that there is a war between Mac and Windows users. While some of them play in both teams, people still fight and consider family/enemies people that might be contrary to their opinion.

But... is there a specific answer to this question? Is there really a winner when it comes to which operating system is better? This is exactly what we're going to discuss on this podcast.

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

Apr 8, 2016

How To Decide Between Specific (Hacky) Or General Solutions?

We all get there: Sometimes, we need to decide on a specific solution, that is often easier and it will definitely solve our problem in a very quick way or a general solution, which will take some time but it will often be a more robust solution.

Which one should you choose? How should you know which one to choose depending on the situations you're faced?

Listen to this podcast to find out!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
How To Market Yourself Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/howtomarketyourself

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!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

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: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0887307280/makithecompsi-20
Built To Sell: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1591843979/makithecompsi-20
Millionaire Real Estate Investor: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0071446370/makithecompsi-20

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

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.

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

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?

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
Soft Skills Book: http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills

 

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: http://simpleprogrammer.com/10stepstolearn

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/

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?

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
How To Market Yourself Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/howtomarketyourself

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?

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/
FREE Blogging Course: http://simpleprogrammer.com/blog-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?

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/

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.

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/

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!

Visit: http://simpleprogrammer.com/

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