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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Nov 11, 2017

► Lily Ma On Choosing Your One Word And Taking Responsibility ◄

Join me while I talk to Lily Ma, a wonderful woman who specialized herself in finding the one word from people who are feeling lost with their careers.

In today's interview, Lily Ma will help me to find my one word and this will definitely dictate my direction from now on.

Your One Word:

Nov 10, 2017

► I Feel Lost When Learning Programming!◄

Learn Programming can definitely be a pretty difficult and tricky thing.

With a lot of information out there, it is almost impossible to know where to start if you're not following a proper learning plan.

In today's video, I have received a question from a fan of the blog telling me that he feels lost everytime he wants to learn programming.

There is a lot of information out there and he does not know where to start. Besides that, he feels like he is not making any progress.

How to overcome this? Watch this video and find out!

10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:

Nov 9, 2017

► Should Programmers Become Network Engineers? ◄

A network engineer is a technology professional who has the necessary skills to plan, implement and support the computer networks that support in-house voice, data, video and wireless network services.

But... Why are we talking about Network Engineers?

Most people don't know, but this is a field that some developers are starting to pay attention to.

However... I'm not going to be the one who will talk about network engineers today.

Instead, I'm going to leave that with a pro.

Check Out NetworkChuck:

Nov 8, 2017

► How To Become A Freelancer Software Developer? ◄

When I was working a regular 9-to-5 job, I’d often fantasize about starting my own business––working for myself.

I’d think about how nice it would be to be a freelancer and not have a boss. I’d daydream about traveling the world, working whatever hours I pleased, and making hoards of money from lucrative contracts.

Then I’d snap to reality as I realized I had no idea how to go about making something like this happen. I mean, how do you actually become a freelancer and work for yourself?

This is the dream of most software developers. Most of them fantasize about working for themselves, just to start in freelancing and discover that things do not work 100% like that.

The first question you should ask yourself is if you are sure whether or not you really want to embark upon this path.
Don’t get me wrong; I want you to become an entrepreneur of sorts.
I want you to eventually stop working for “the man” and find your path to freedom.
But freedom is not for everyone.

The reality is that it is going to take a large amount of work to even get to the point where the dream is a reality.

Nov 7, 2017

► I Have No Direction In My Career◄

How would you feel if you had no direction in your career? This is exactly today's topic.

I've received an email from a reader telling me that he felt completely lost in his career. As you know, the success for software development means specializing and finding your niche.

What could be more harmful than feeling lost in your career?

In this video, we'll talk about how to find directions in your career and why this is such an important thing to do.

How Everyone Thinks They'll Become Rich Someday:
If You're Gonna Do Something, Give It Your All:

Nov 6, 2017

► Too Late For Javascript Tutorials? ◄

Is it too late to start creating tutorials about JavaScript?

While the question might seem too specific, I'm gonna use it to talk about a broader term, which is how to enter an already "saturated" niche.

As you might know, people have been creating JavaScript tutorials for a long time and the internet is crowded with a LOT of information. How to enter and compete with those people and tutorials? How to beat them?

Watch this video and find out!

John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
Specialization & Niching Down Playlist:

Nov 5, 2017

► House Prices In The Bay Area (Sillicon Valley) ◄

I've been seeing a lot of talk lately about whether it is a good idea to buy a house in the Bay Area, where Sillicon Valley lies.

It might seem like a good option, since there is this whole hype around Sillicon Valley. What a good investment, hunh?

However, prices are high and... Will Sillicon Valley be there forever?

In this video I'll talk to you about house prices in the bay area and if buying a house there is definitely a good option. - Ask Me What You Want:
Buying A House: Best Practices (Real Estate):
Simple Real Estate Course For Software Developers:

Nov 4, 2017

► I Don't Want To Be Your Fucking Hero! ◄

Don't get me wrong here... I really wanna help you guys in ways you can't even imagine.

My point here is to address that... Some people are putting too much expectations on me.

"John, you are my hero!"

I really appreciate that, from the bottom of my heart. However, I invite you to think that you might be forgetting about the only person that matters in your life, which is you.

In this video I'll tell you about why I don't want to be your fucking hero and why you should never forget who is in control of yourself, which is you.

Screwing Up Playlist:
Why You're Always Going To Be Alone In Life:

Nov 3, 2017

► I'm 30... And Still Living With My Parents! ◄

Imagine if you're 30 years old... And you're still living with your parents.

Would that hurt? Although this might seem impactful, this is the reality of a good portion of americans nowadays.

Due to the changes in economy, the rising in real estate prices and other factors, more and more people are delaying its moving out from home.

So... What would you do if you were 30 and still living with your parents? Should you consider moving out? Should you consider living with them?

Watch this video and find out!

Nov 2, 2017

► Why Specializing In Software Development Is Important ◄

So, do you wanna become a developer right?

Let me read you mind. You decide to become a software developer. You're amazed by what you can possibly do and how much you can earn by becoming a programmer.

So, you just type in Google "How To Become A Software Developer". Your mind gets filled with "becoming a SOFTWARE DEVELOPER" that you totally forget what type of developer you need to become.

In this video I'll share with you why specializing in software development is important and why you can't be a jack of all trades when it comes to programming.

Specialization & Niching Down For Software Developers:
How To market Yourself As A Software Developer:
My Pluralsight Story:
10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly:

Nov 1, 2017

Learn Programming By...Doing?

I tell you guys that the best way to learn something is by doing, right? For me, it doesn't matter how many books you read per day, how many times you get in front of your computer watching online courses... Unless you start practicing your knowledge, it will serve you nothing.

However, there are some people who disagree. In today's video, I received an email from a reader telling me that she was trying to learn by doing, but it was totally worthless.

She was wasting time and wasn't learning anything.

So... What should she do? How could she learn that learning by doing is the best way?

Watch this video and find out!

5 Soft Skills Every Developer Should Know:
10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly:

Oct 31, 2017

► Why Did I Quit Pluralsight To Focus On Simple Programmer? ◄

A lot of you guys ask me why have I quit Pluralsight in order to focus on Simple Programmer.

As you might already know, one of the first millions I have made in life was teaching courses in Pluralsight. I have managed to create more courses than anyone else there and most of my courses were successful, which led me to earn A LOT of revenue.

I could have done more courses for Pluralsight but... I decided to quit.

Yeah, you heard me right. I decided to quit Pluralsight and focus on Simple Programer. Could've it been the best option in terms of money?

I don't think so...

However, in this video I'll share the reason why I've done it.

Sign Up For Pluralsight:
How Pluralsight Changed My Career Pt. 4: Got Rich & 30 Courses In A Year!:
The 50th Law:
Josh Earl: The Guy Who "Brought Me 50k":

Oct 30, 2017

► Got A New Job...! I Won't Be Paid For A Year! ◄

If you're a software developer, you've probably been approached by a great number of startups by business owner who wanted you to work for free for a certain amount of time in exchange of something.

In this case, this guy that emailed me said that he was approached by a startup to work for free for an year, in exchange of a 50/50 split in the next year.

He got a job. He won't be paid for a year. He will work for free.

What should he do? Should he get the job? Will it pay off?

Watch this video and find out!

The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

Oct 29, 2017

► Lack Of Hope... What Happened After I Got Back From Europe ◄

If you were watching my YouTube videos while I was back in Europe, you've probably seen a lot of motivation shifts inside me. There were some videos while I was on fire and I really wanted to talk and record videos and there were other while I was doing just because I needed to.

The thing is: I lacked hope. I really lacked hope.

Since I was back from Europe, my mind has been full of a lot of different thoughts, especially when it comes to hope and my professional future.

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Events That Can Change The Course Of Your Life:
Creating Justifications For Your Mistakes... NO!:
Keeping Motivation And Not Getting Off Track:

Oct 28, 2017

► Should You Compare Yourself To... Weaker People?◄

Remember when I talked about comparing to other people and how it can be a damaging thing to do?

Comparing yourself to other people will only make you feel bad. You can't compare yourself to other people's successs and your only goal should be to compare yourself to who you were before.

However, this is when we talked about comparing yourself to better people, however... What about weaker people?

Should you use these weaker people to justifty your mistakes and your road?

Watch this video and find out!

Don't Compare Yourself To Others:
Wanna Do Something...? Give It Your All!:

Oct 27, 2017

► Commit To Something And Give Your 100%! (Don't Fall Back) ◄

Sometimes we need to set goals for our plans and dreams. However, more than goals, we need to effectively create a proper plan in order to make our goals achievable.

The trap that most people fall into, sometimes, is that they don't commit 100% and they, at some point, fall back. They give up. They don't create the optimum circumstances in order to make their goals achievable.

So... How to make sure you'll not fall back? How to commit 100%?

Oct 26, 2017

► Antonio Cucciniello On Getting A BETTER Programming Job ◄

Today I decided to engage on a talk with the amazing Antonio Cucciniello.

As I've talked before, what can be better than showing you how to do it than bringing someone who has put into practice everything I teach here in Simple Programmer.

Antonio Cucciniello will guide you through the steps he wen through in order to get a better (and high paying) job.

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Oct 25, 2017

► I Don't Want To Set A Higher Bar For Myself ◄

What happens after you achieve a goal? You set another goal, right?

Usually, those second goals are harder and demand you more time than an easy goal would.

However, what if you didn't want to set this higher bar for yourself? What if you didn't want to push yourself further?

Should you always make and set harder goals? Watch this video and find out!

What Happened After You Made A Million Dollars?:

Oct 24, 2017

► The God Complex: My Ego And Failing ◄

God Complex.

A god complex is an unshakable belief characterized by consistently inflated feelings of personal ability, privilege, or infallibility. The person is also highly dogmatic in their views, meaning the person speaks of their personal opinions as though they are unquestionably correct. Someone with a god complex may exhibit no regard for the conventions and demands of society, and may request special consideration or privileges.

Have you ever met someone with a god complex? How do you deal with them?

Besides that, what do you do when you're the one with a God Complex? What happens when someone with a God Complex faces failure?

Watch this video and find out!

How Lying To Yourself Will Destroy Your Life And Career:
How To Win Friends And Influence People:

Oct 23, 2017

► Software Development Career Paths: Starting Out ◄

For those starting out in software development, there are a lot of questions that should be answered. From learning to a former developer at its peak, there are a lot of questions that need answer that most newbie developers are still unexperienced.

One of these questions is: What type of developer should I become?

If you follow me, you've probably heard me talking about specializing and how important it is for any aspiring developer to pick a specialization.

Web Development. Java. Python. SQL Development...

There are tons of career paths you can pursue...

So, how do you pick the right type of software development for you? Watch this video and find out!

How To Get Started In Programming:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

Oct 22, 2017

► How To Accept And Deal With Aging? ◄

Aging can be such a difficult thing for most people to deal with. There are a lot of nuances and variables that come into play when it comes to aging, but, timing is definitely one of them.

While we won't talk about the biological aspects of aging, we need to talk about the feeling of wasting your time without doing what you really wanted.

In this video, I'm going to tell you about accepting and dealing with aging.

You Can't Live It All:
Becoming A Developer After 30:
What My Life Was Like 7 Years Ago:
Why I Don't Believe In Coincidences:

Oct 21, 2017

► My Whole European 2017 Tour Balance ◄

As you probably know, I'm finally back from a full 2-month trip around Europe. I must say it was a wonderful experience for me, I've met a lot of cool places and I had some amazing new experiences.

However, I couldn't see the time I would come back.

This is why I decided to record this video to show you my whole European 2017 Tour Balance, what I would do differently and what I was able to extract from this amazing (and loooong) trip!

European Tour 2017:
Working Out On... A Playground?:

Oct 20, 2017

► How To Get Started In Programming? ◄

I know I get this question a lot. Day after day new aspiring programmers enter the workforce. People from all around the world and, mostly, that comes from different fields, aim to become or learn programming.

"John, how do I get started in software development?", "John, how do I start coding?", "John, how can I start my career as a programmer?"

Before I say anything else, I need to say this: There is no right way. Instead, there are A LOT of different ways in which you need to pick up the ones that suit you the best.

In this video, I'll lay out some of the paths to get started in programming and present you the best options for each case. Every case is a case and the path you should take is up to you to build.

The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
Specialization And Niching Down Playlist:
Web Development Principles: Front End Vs. Back End:

Oct 19, 2017

► Hard Work Does NOT Guarantee Success... ◄

Okay, okay... So, don't get me wrong here.

If you've been following me for the past year, you already know the importance I give to hard work and how I believe it is something that helps to build character and how it works to make you achieve your dreams.


Hard work does not guarantee success at all? Do you think I'm contradicting myself?

Watch this video and let me explain how I believe that hard work does not guarantee success by itself. There is a very important key missing from that whole equation.

John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
How Everyday Thinks They'll Become Rich Someday:

Oct 18, 2017

► How To Learn EFFICIENTLY In Software Development◄

If you follow me for quite a while you've probably heard me talking already about learning and how I believe that learning is a big part in anyone's road to success or failure.

In software development, it is not different. There are a lot of new technologies, new frameworks, new programming languages that come out every day and we need to make sure we can cope with that pace.

But, how do you do that?

Wasting hours reading books from cover to cover won't take you anywhere you need to go. Instead, you need to develop a proper plan that will make you learn efficiently in software development.

How to learn efficiently in software development? How do we do that?

10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
Book Reviews Playlist:

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