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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Oct 10, 2017

► Tyler's Success Story And What You Can Learn From It! ◄

I often get a lot of emails from people saying some good and some bad stuff too.

The last one that really impacted me was a video telling me how Soft Skills sucked and, as you know me, I HAD to do a video about it.

However, I receive some inspirational stories from people that are serious about programming and the stuff I teach here in Simple Programmer and this is what I'm going to talk about today.

In today's video I'm going to share the success story of Tyler and show you how you can benefit from his story to give you the fuel you need to keep moving forward.

Your "Soft Skills" Book SUCK!:
Don't Take Feedback... At All!:
Wanna Do Something? Give It Your All...:
How I Became a Fucking Bulldog And Changed My Life!:

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Oct 9, 2017

► Should You Help Your Employer When Things Go Wrong? ◄

Things can go wrong no matter where you are: whether you're in the corporative world or just working for yourself.

They say that when things get fucked up it's when things start to get excited, but I tend to disagree.

The big thing that happens when things go wrong is that clients might end up cutting their paychecks to the company, which can definitely influence your overall payroll.

So, what do you do when things go wrong? Should you help your employer when things get out of control? Or is it none of your business?

Watch this video and find out!

Simple Programmer Community:
Taking Programming Assignments... Home?:
When You Do Thing On Guilt:

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Oct 8, 2017

► On Planning And Taking Action... ◄

Planning takes time, we all know that. And this is the first step towards your goals and dreams. I like to say that there is no execution without, at least, some level of planning.

However, what happens when you're stuck in the planning mode forever and you NEVER take action? Do you feel trapped like this? Is there any way to avoid it?

Watch this video and find out!

The 70/30 Rule:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:

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Oct 7, 2017

► How I Practiced My Italian... In Italy? ◄

As you probably know, a few months ago I decided it was time for me to start learning Italian due to my trip to Europe, especially, Italy.

I recorded some videos showing my progress on the Italian I was learning and, as I was expecting, it was time for me to actually practice my italian here in Italy.

How have I performed? Watch this video and find out!

Learning Italian For Complete Beginners (Like Me...!):

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Oct 6, 2017

► You Can't Be Your Best All The Time... ◄

There comes a time when we always want to take ourselves to the next level. We want to keep improving more and more each day.

However, there is one thing you need to admit and that thing is that you can't beat yourself all the time and that you can't be your best all the time.

We need to start to acknowledge failure, plateaus and other types of variations, that leads to us not performing always the best as we wanted.

In this video, I'm going to talk about why you can't be your best all the time and why you should start recognizing this if you want to get ahead in life and stay in peace with yourself.

Working Hard Playlist:
Stop Making Excuses And Take Fucking Action:

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Oct 5, 2017

► Coding Bootcamps: Does It Really Teach Programming? ◄

There seems to be a lot of talking about coding boot camps lately and this whole discussion seems to be dividing people into two groups: The ones that are for coding bootcamps and the ones that are against coding bootcamps.

One of the main reasons that led people to believe that coding bootcamps are not worth is due to the fact that, in their minds, it is impossible to learn programming in the three-month period that most coding bootcamps give.

So... What now? Do Coding Bootcamps really teach programming? Watch this video and find out!

Can You Really Learn Anything In 3 Months?:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
Wanna Do Something? Give It Your All!:

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Oct 4, 2017

► Why Don't Developers Make Millions Like Startup Tech-Stars? ◄

In this video, someone emailed me with some serious questions about some economic concepts that it was too difficult to understand.

Why don't Developers make millions just like some Startups Tech-Stars? Why do developers who sit all day writing code do not have the same recognition as some stars, especially in the tech field?

In this video, I'll share some opinions about this subject and how you can take that to your advantage and turn your life around.

Career Story Playlist:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
Why You Shouldn't Play The Victim:
What My Life Was Like 7 Years Ago:

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Oct 3, 2017

► Would You Recommend Learning C++, C# And Java? ◄

C++, C# and Java.

While they might seem like three different programming language, in its core, it guards some principles that blend and differ them.

As you might know, learning can be tricky, especially if you're just starting out. Choices. Smart choices. This is what you should be doing if you really want to advance in your career.

At this point, let's assume you have 3 options: Java, C++ and C#.

What should you learn? Is there a smart way to learn these programming languages? Watch this video and find out!
Simple Programmer Community:
How To Learn C++?:

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Oct 2, 2017

► What Happens When You Take Action... ◄

I'm always amazed by the endless success stories I receive by people who take action using everything I teach here in Simple Programmer.

This time, I have received an awesome email, with a breathtaking success story and I wanted to share with you. If you're feeling down, if you're feeling like you won't go anywhere and that your effort won't pay off, just watch this video... This is what happens after consistency and action put into practice.

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Oct 1, 2017

► Balancing The Risk Of Real Estate Investment ◄

When we think about investment, we talk about making money and that's the only way to go. However, what most people are not aware of, is that investments are full of risks. This is a simple truth and you can't avoid it.

This definitely makes people scared, whenever they start to get serious about investing. There are a lot of pros and cons for every type of investments but today we are going to talk about Real Estate.

What are the risks of real estate? How to balance the risk of real estate investing? Watch this video and find out!

Real Estate Playlist:
Is 401(k) A Good Option?:
Atifragile Book:

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Sep 30, 2017

► How To Deal With A Non-Supportive Spouse? ◄

Relationships can make or break you, we all know that right? Some couples manage to work their things together and manage to find their way all over to the top. Others, however, start to fight, resentment appears and the only way possible is down.

While it is hard, this is the truth that most people face.

How to deal with a non-supportive spouse? Should you both break-up? How to set limits?

Watch this video and find out!

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Sep 29, 2017

► What Separates "Million Dollar Ideas" From "Ideas" ◄

This is kind of a follow-up on the video I did about Josh Earl and that most people seemed to misunderstand about all this stuff.

Most people, in the Josh Earl video, kind of took it to the wrong side.

The real purpose of this video is to talk about the simple thing that separates million dollar ideas from simple ideas. While every idea can definitely be a million dollar idea, if it doesn't have this simple element, it will definitely fail... And this, was exactly what Josh Earl did.

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

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Sep 28, 2017

► Your "Soft Skills" Book SUCKS! ◄

Recently I got an AWESOME email which I liked it SO MUCH I decided to record an entire video about this subject.

This guy, simply emailed me, saying that my soft skills book sucked because it was "too much" of the same thing. Repetition about career, motivation, more of this wooh wooh stuff you all tend to hate.

This is why, I decided to record this video response, sharing my point of view about this email... :)

Soft Skills Audiobook:
How To Win Friends And Influence People:
The Software Developer's Career Guide:

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Sep 27, 2017

► Real Truth: You're Going To Die ◄

Bottom line: You're going to die.

There is simply no turnaround on this. It is a simple truth you have to face, no matter how much you fight against it.

However, while this might be a hard truth for anyone to face it, we need to simply acknowledge that and learn everything you can from that. What death can teach you? What can you learn from all of this?

Watch this video and find out!

Black Swan Book:
Xamarin Talk 2016:

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Sep 26, 2017

► John... What Motivates You?◄

Finding motivation is definitely one of the most difficult things for most people. Finding the drive to follow up with your goals and objectives can be tricky and losing your path and road along the way.

I consider myself a good person when it comes to finding motivation and drive inside me. And, as you've probably experienced here on this channel, I have my periods of low motivation.

So... Most people ask me: "John, what motivates you?"

In this video, I'm going to talk about my major sources of motivation, how I tend to find my drive to keep going with my project and how you can use my inspiration to find your way to.

Book Reviews Playlist:
Soft Skills Book:
How Was My Life 7 Years Ago?:
Simple Programmer YouTube Trailer Video:

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Sep 25, 2017

► You're Always Gonna Have Problems... Don't Avoid It! ◄

Problems... We all try to avoid, don't we? Just take a second, stop and think about it. We try to learn new stuff to avoid not knowing what to do, we try to get a high paying job to avoid running out of money, we try to create a schedule to avoid running out of time.

We always try to avoid problems and that is completely normal.

However, even though we plan ourselves and try to create a protection around us, problems tend to appear. And we might get frustrated about that.

In this video we'll talk about how you need to acknowledge that problems are always going to appear and you definitely need to be aware and in peace with that.

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Sep 24, 2017

► How Can I Track My Personal Development Journey? ◄

Starting in personal development is not always an easy thing to do. There are a lot of ups and downs and, most of the time, evaluating yourself is the most difficult part of the process.

In today's video, I'll ask a question from a reader asking me how to know if you're really making progress when it comes to personal development.

How do you track your personal development journey How to know if you're really making progress or if you're just wasting time? Watch this video and find out!

Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself:
2 Desires 2 Wills:

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Sep 23, 2017

► Do You Owe Your Parents Something? ◄

Living life has made me realize how powerful the impact of our parents can be in our lives. Although we usually see them as invisible whenever we approach new people, it is inevitable to see that ALL of them have a HUGE emotional background.

We live our lives devoted to our parents. They give us food, shelter, money, etc.

Can we simply just leave when we become adults? Do we own our parents something?

Watch this video and find out!
48 Laws Of Power:
Dealing With Loss:

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Sep 22, 2017

► Working For Cheap Or Learning Technologies? ◄

Being a developer at its early stages means making some choices that can definitely influence in your career 5 years later.

When you're beginning in software development, you almost don't know anything. And, in that stage, you need to make a decision: should you start working, with what you have and know, for cheap, or should you invest more time in learning new technologies so that you can charge more for your work?

While you might think that this case has a specific answer, things might not always work like that.

Should you work for cheap or learn new technologies? Watch this video and find out!

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Sep 21, 2017

► Programming Contract: Should You Own The Code? ◄

Today we are going to discuss a kind of a controversial topic.

Being a software developer means you're going to be hired to write code for others. You're probably going to write code for big & small companies, startups, and there is something you should think about: should you own the code you've written.

While this may appear like an easy solution, it is not as simple as you might imagine.

In this video, we are going to discuss how to approach employers about owning your own code and the code you write for future uses.

How To Create A Test Automation Framework Using Selenium:

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Sep 20, 2017

► Web Development Visual Tools: Solid Or Cheating? ◄

In the software development world, people like to work raw. It seems that the more people do showing that they really understand the core of programming and that they really know the fundaments, people got it the better.

It creates authority, and that is what really matters... Right?

Well... Not always.

In this video we will discuss the use of web development visual tools and if it really makes you a solid developer or if it only shows that if you are cheating.

Pluralsight SVN Course:

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Sep 19, 2017

► The 3 Levels Of Freedom ◄

I've been talking a lot about freedom lately because it is something I really believe in and I think it can help people when it comes to achieving the "true freedom" we all talk about.

While I often talk about true freedom, what most people don't know is that there are often 3 levels of freedom.

The first one, you still think about what other people think. The second one, you stop caring about what other people think but you only achieve true freedom in the third and last stage.

What True Freedom Really Means:
Attracting Women & Becoming A Better Man:

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Sep 18, 2017

► I'm Addicted To Programming... What Should I Do? ◄

People often say that they wanna learn programming but they are afraid of taking it one step further. Learning takes time and effort, and you won't go anywhere if you're not commited to it.

When you're commited to something, it can only render you good fruits and good results, after all, you're going to get what you want.

However... What if you consider yourself addicted to programming? What if you NEEDED to do other things but you couldn't because you are commited only to programming? Are you wrong if that's your objective?

Watch this video and find out!

If You Wanna Do Something... Give It Your All:
Be Obsessed Or Be Average:
So Good They Can't Ignore You:

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Sep 17, 2017

► When You Screw Up And It's Too Difficult To Come Back ◄

There are times when screwing up is inevitable. There comes a time in everyone's life that you must fail and you'll probably screw up.

Just look at me. I present myself as a fucking bulldog, but I often times screw up. It is normal, you just need to make sure you won't fly off the rails.

However, there comes a time when it is too difficult to come back. What do you do then? How do you get back on track? Watch this video and find out!

The Fear Of Missing Out:
Don't Fly Off The Rails:

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Sep 16, 2017

► What Are You Worth? (On Grit And Value)◄

Grit and Values are two things that play a maaaaajor role when it comes to advancing with your projects.

So... I wanted to ask you something: what are you worth?

Watch this video and find out!

Why You Shouldn't Play The Victim!:

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