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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 10, 2017

Best Diet & Routine For Energy & Focus

You all know me for the bizarre fasting diet I'm used to doing. I eat 1 meal a day and I've talked several times before about how it tends to mess up with my focus and how hard it is to keep going.

Anyway, today, I've received a question from a reader asking me about the best diet and fitness routine for energy and focus.

What could you do, in terms of diet and routine in order to gain more focus and be more energized? Does it really make a difference? Is it possible to gain more focus and energy based on what you eat?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 9, 2017

Want To Succeed? Be THE BEST At Something!

I often see people talking and complaining about how they are not successful. While success is definitely something you build, there are a lot of things that successful people/things have in common.

One of the biggest players when it comes to success is niching down and specializing. You definitely have to become the best at something, if you want to succeed.

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Algorithms To Live By (Book Review): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewoOwDtJcrE

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Jul 8, 2017

How To Make THE BEST Investment (With Matt From Engineered Truth)

Recently, Matt decided to come to San Diego, where I live, and I called him for a meeting.

Hanging out with Matt is always amazing and we always share some amazing and valuable experience.

In today's video, Matt asked me about an investment that he is deciding to make. He was asked to provide $10,000 for an investment.

While money is definitely not something he is worried about, is this the best option? How should he approach this?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 7, 2017

How To Build A Social Life After Moving?

Building a social life is difficult, especially if you're moving from city to city. You have to start over each time.

How do you build a social life after moving? How do you build new friends, new relationships? Watch this video and find out!

If you have a question, email me at john@simpleprogrammer.com

If you liked this video, share, like and, of course, subscribe!

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Jul 6, 2017

"The War Of Art" Book Review (With Many From 2000 Books)

If you reguarly watch this YouTube channel you've probably heard me talking about "The War Of Art" before and how important this book was to my career. This book literally changed a lot of things for me, especially when it comes to getting things done and not wanting everything to be always perfect and realize that motivation comes and goes.

Here is the book description, extracted from Amazon: "Drawing on his many years' experience as a writer, Pressfield (The Legend of Bagger Vance) presents his first nonfiction work, which aims to inspire other writers, artists, musicians, or anyone else attempting to channel his or her creative energies. The focus is on combating resistance and living the destiny that Pressfield believes is gifted to each person by an all-powerful deity. While certainly of great value to frustrated writers struggling with writer's block, Pressfield's highly personal philosophy, soundly rooted in his own significant life challenges, has merit for anyone frustrated in fulfilling his or her life purpose. Successful photographer Ulrich (photography chair, Art Inst. of Boston; coeditor, The Visualization Manual) explores the creative impulse and presents an approach to developing creativity that, like Pressfield's, will be relevant to artists and others. He identifies and explains seven distinct stages of the creative process: discovery and encounter, passion and commitment, crisis and creative frustration, retreat and withdrawal, epiphany and insight, discipline and completion, and responsibility and release. He also develops his view of the three principles of the creative impulse, which include creative courage, being in the right place at the right time, and deepening connections with others. Rooted in Eastern philosophy, Ulrich's fully developed treatise nicely updates the solid works of Brewster Ghiselin (The Creative Process), Rollo May (The Courage To Create), and Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way). It also supplements Pressfield's inspirational thoughts on overcoming resistance through introspective questions and practical exercises that further elaborate the creative process."

However, this time, I decided to call a buddy from 2000 books so we could discuss it together. The results? Watch this video and find out!

2000 Books YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/absorbfm
How JS LaunchPad Course Mistakes Cost Me Thousands of Dollars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJQ8fq7OpP8
Overcoming Fears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTjStOvYKYM

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Jul 5, 2017

How To Start a "BIG" Programming Project?

More and more, people are becoming more aware that entrepreneurship is an awesome road that can bring you amazing results.

However, entrepreneurship is not always easy. There are a lot of downsides and challenges that new entrepreneurs HAVE to face if they want to succeed in this field.

One of the main challenges new programming entrepreneurs face is trying to start a big programming project. How do you start? Where do you find money, investors, etc? How do you build a team?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 4, 2017

Making Choices Based On "Scarcity" (BitCoin Related)

Lately, someone contacted me about a HUGE opportunity with BitCoin. In this email, he said that the price was going up like 2x in the same evening. Something happened and I couldn't read the email that night.0

Bottom line: I missed the opportunity.

At first, I got irritated. How could I miss such opportunity?

However, after some time I realized I was making this choice based on scarcity. And I must tell you why you SHOULDN'T be doing this.

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Doing Things With Unbounded Upsides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_-nuY7hhg8

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Jul 3, 2017

How To Prepare Yourself For College?

There are a lot of different students that want to become software developers through college and want to know the best way to prepare themselves for college.

There is a big difference between preparing yourself for college and entering college without a proper knowledge. Picture this: you want to study something and college definitely won't prepare you. If you know nothing, you're going to suffer and spend A LOT of time trying to learn everything you should've known before.

So... how do you prepare yourself for college? Is there a way to get ready for college? Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 2, 2017

Stumbling on Happiness was a powerful book that a lot of people have told me I should read.

Here is the book description extracted from Amazon:
"Bringing to life scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, this bestselling book reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there.

• Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink?

• Why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight?

• Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they really want?

• Why do pigeons seem to have such excellent aim; why can’t we remember one song while listening to another; and why does the line at the grocery store always slow down the moment we join it?

In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become."

So... Should you read this book? Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 1, 2017

Having An Excuse for the things you do is definitely one of the worst things you can do for yourself.

Once we start to create excuses for ourselves, we kind of lose the power that we have when making free choices. We lose the power to be in control of our choices and how it impacts our lives. We become mere hostages of the circumstances.

How do you deal with that? Don't let yourself have an excuse!

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Jun 30, 2017

Becoming an entrepreneur is a dream for most software developers. The dream of having its own business is something that people really give their lives for.

However, what if you're still in college? What if you're still in school? How do you develop your entrepreneurial skills? Watch this video and find out!

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Jun 29, 2017

This time I decided to partner up with the AMAZING Aaron Marino to bring you the best entrepreneurship and men advice for you.

For those who don't know "Aaron realized that there was a lack of resources and options for men to receive real world help and advice in regards to their image, style and grooming. Our goal is to help you look and feel the best that you can...every day of your life. Alpha M. strives to offer a positive and uplifting voice in a sea of negativity."

So, come up with me in this AWESOME conversation we had and discover how you can turn your life around using his amazing techniques.

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Jun 28, 2017

Gatekeepers... You all know that I absolutely hate gatekeepers, right?

One of the most common gatekeepers I see is teachers. Since we were kids, we are taught to listen, respect and obey teachers. They absolutely know it all and, we as simple and innocent kids, should just listen to them and absorb what they have to say.

However, some teacher like to limit our potential. Should you let them do that?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jun 27, 2017

Recently, a fan of SP YouTube Channel sent me an article which made me be in shock.

In this article, the writer said how coding should not be treated as a fun thing and how we should act in order to not make it available to normal people.

The things written in that article made me think about a lot of things and how we should expect to see it in the future.

Should we treat programming as something immortal? Should we treat programming as something that normal people can't do it?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jun 26, 2017

Dealing with managers can be tricky and difficult. A lot of times, I see lots of developers complaining about bad management in their workspace. They feel like they are not being driven to their full potential and it really makes them want to give up.

How do you deal with bad managers? Is there an easy thing you can do to fix this common mistake?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jun 25, 2017

Lately, I've been feeling like my productivity has dropped in ways I couldn't imagine before. I was feeling guilty, I was feeling down.

However, over the past few days, I've come to realize that my productivity has gone back up once again and I'm pretty happy about that.

I've done a video about how I was able to get my productivity levels back to where it was before but today I managed to realize one more thing: People interrupting you is also a HUGE bad factor when it comes to hurting your productivity.

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

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Jun 24, 2017

"Computer Science students are constantly getting into trouble for lifting entire blocks of code from the Internet.

Yesterday, the New York Times published a fascinating piece about academic dishonesty in the computer science field, which it says is rampant."

"It’s safe to say that in the academic world, plagiarism is a cardinal sin. There is nothing worse. If you get caught, you face sanction, or even expulsion. In the case of the aforementioned Purdue students, they got a zero for their work, and were docked a letter grade.

But in the professional world, things aren’t quite as cut-and-dry.

When you’re a professional coder, the priority isn’t to demonstrate originality with each line and algorithm, but rather to complete tasks as efficiently as possible."
(Source: https://thenextweb.com/dd/2017/05/30/lets-teach-computer-science-students-to-cheat/#.tnw_vOCc4xel)

These are just some statements from this article, which is exactly what I'm going to be discussing in this video.

Should Computer Science students learn to cheat? Or should they be punished for it?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jun 23, 2017

Some people are eager for money. I've talked with several developers and most of them want to start earning money as soon as possible.

However, part of these people that talk to me are students, and they are cursed by having to deal with college, getting a degree and trying to find a job.

What are the things you could do in order to earn money as a student? Is it even possible to earn money while in college?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jun 22, 2017

Open Source software has become widely diffused among software developers.

"Open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance.

"Source code" is the part of software that most computer users don't ever see; it's the code computer programmers can manipulate to change how a piece of software—a "program" or "application"—works. Programmers who have access to a computer program's source code can improve that program by adding features to it or fixing parts that don't always work correctly."
(Source: https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-source)

So, although the idea is quite good, is it a viable option for software developers, economically saying?

Is it possible to make a living and a great career using open source software?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jun 21, 2017

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I often receive lots of email from people telling me that they are having a hard time trying to understand programming. They have started to study, they've started to practice but they can make the "click" happen inside their heads.

Most developers I talk to feel like they suck.

What can they do to overcome this feeling? Are there any tips for improving your learning process and become a better programming?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jun 20, 2017

"When you’re living in complete congruence, complete alignment, no part of you is conflicting with any other part of you. There is no disagreement. No disturbance. No fakeness.

For a long time, I lived my life highly compartmentalized. I was one person when I was with my friends, a different person at work, and yet another person with family or my wife. It’s this kind of fragmentation that chokes your spirit."
(Source: http://paidtoexist.com/de-compartmentalizing-your-life-and-the-extinction-of-boundaries/)

Does it sound familiar?

How many times have you tried to act like you were a different person at different sites of your life or how many times have you tried to separate work and life?

In this video, I'll talk about this important concept of compartmentalizing your life and why this is something you should always try to avoid.

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Waiting For Things To Be Done... To Be Happy?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Phq32krzw0
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Jun 19, 2017

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Some people have a hard time trying to find a software development job and this is a common complaint I often hear here at Simple Programmer.

What could be the cause of such hardness? Why most developers can't seem to find a good software development job?

In this video, I've received an email of a guy asking me if he was overqualified for a software development job... He knew a LOT of programming languages... How could it be possible that a person who knows so much is not able to get a programming job?

Watch this video and find out!

Getting A Programming Job: No One Cares What You Want!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNKbiuzje7o

Jun 18, 2017

Doing you day-to-day tasks can be pretty overwhelming for most people. Often times, it is easy for people to get lost with so many things to do.

During my whole career, I have faced some serious confrontations with productivity. I've tried different productivity methods and I'm still trying to improve it.

However, I found that by removing my to-do list I was able to take my productivity to the next level. Before that, I either felt frustrated or tired.

Wanna know more about becoming more productive and less stressed by removing your to-do list? Watch this video and find out!

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Jun 17, 2017

How To Develop Critical Thinking? (In Life & Career)

I get asked how to develop critical thinking a lot from people all around the world.

Since I did the video on "Homeschooling Vs. Regular Education", people were interested in critical thinking. How do you develop critical thinking?

This is exactly what I'm going to talk in this video...

Homeschooling Vs. Regular Education: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aIpeDrDG1o
All The Books I Read In 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haSer5FAy_s

Jun 16, 2017

A lot of developers face a very common problem: The Learning Bag.

I call the learning bag because this is how most developers face education. They think that their career will skyrocket the more they learn. Then, they start searching and reading and gathering everything they can in order to fill up their bags the most. Suddenly, they have their learning bag full of different programming languages and theoretical knowledge but they... They can't apply it!

In this video, I'll tackle how you can solve one of the most common problems that a lot of developers face: Having knowledge but not knowing how to apply it... More specifically, how to build software applications from start to finish.

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