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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Jan 18, 2018

► The TOP Books Every MAN Should Read! ◄

You guys asked and here it is.

A lot of you guys started asking me to create a list of all the books every man should read. In fact, the road to manhood is a long journey, definitely. However, we always need to start somewhere.

In this video, I listed the top books every man should read, at least once.

So, if you're a man and your goal is to become more confident by becoming a better man, than, this video is definitely for you.

The Way Of The Superior Man:
The Way Of Men:
The Rational Male:
Gates Of Fire:
No More Mr. Nice Guy:
Iron John:
Truth By Neil Strauss:
The Process For "Becoming A Man":

Jan 17, 2018

► Do You Place All Your Bets On Your Winning? ◄

Have you ever thought about a second about how you expect things to develop in your life?

What if you were placing all of your bets on your winning?

Don't get me wrong, I'm totally up for positivity, but I'm against illuding yourself.

The truth is: In your life, you need to make sure that both things are going to happen: good and bad.

Wanna know more about placing all of your bets on your winning? Watch this video and find out!

Why You Shouldn't Play The Victim:

Jan 16, 2018

► The 5 Things You NEED To Start A YouTube Channel ◄

Recently, I received a question on my Facebook group (the closed one, you can only join it via Patreon) about the things you need to start a YouTube Channel.

This guy wanted to know because his daughter wanted to start a YouTube channel. I found his attitude so uplifting that I decided to record this video.

So... What are the things you need to start a YouTube Channel? You'll find out in this video.

Join Simple Programmer Community:

Jan 15, 2018

► Forcing Yourself To Progress ◄

Living life can be difficult sometimes and we all know that.

There are a LOT of variables that will definitely define how our lives will turn out. Basically, what we do now will have a direct impact on how we will be in the future.

One of the things you can do in the process of living your life is forcing yourself to progress.

Wanna know why? Watch this video and find out!

Jan 14, 2018

► Learn How To Disagree! (Net Neutrality Anyone?) ◄

A while back I released a video on Net Neutrality while the topic was still on fire in the media.

The repercussion that the video took was beyond what I was expecting. Especially in dislikes.

And don't get me wrong, I love when you guys disagree with me. However, what I want to discuss in this video is HOW you guys disagree with me.

In this video, I'll talk more about how to disagree and what we all really need to do to have a healthy debate.

Why I'm AGAINST Net Neutrality! (And What Will REALLY CHANGE):

Jan 13, 2018

► How To Text A Girl THE RIGHT WAY (And Not Appearing Needy!) ◄

Have you ever tried to text a girl but you had no idea how to do it?

Most of the time, men appear needy when trying to text the girls they are into. Needless to say that it often results in unwanted results, making girls flee from you.

So, how do you turn this around? How to text a girl without appearing needy?

Watch this video and find out!

Attracting Women & Becoming A Better Man:
Are You Searching For Unconditional Love:
The Rational Male:

Jan 12, 2018

► Pluralsight Skill IQ Test (My Results!) ◄

"This is your future. Define your skills by the only metric that matches the pace of change. Take a free assessment to get your Skill IQ today."

Hmm... Pretty intimidating right?

In today's video, I'm going to take on Pluralsight's Skill IQ Test and share my results with you guys. Think you can beat me?

Oh! I'm going to give you guys a little something. Just post your results in the comments below! Let's see how we perform.

Pluralsight IQ Test:

Jan 11, 2018

► "Courage Lost... All Lost!" ◄

I wanted to start this video with this powerful quote I read once.

This quote summarizes exactly what I believe life is: once you run out of courage, you run out of everything.

In this video, I'll explain more about this courage quote and why courage to do the things you want is one of the strongest virtues you can build for your character.

Jan 10, 2018

► Everything Can Be Taken Away From You ◄

I know this might sound harsh and difficult to hear, but...

Most people live their lives hanging onto something. They fear that they are going to have that something (a job, a person, an object) forever, and they hold onto that so tightly that they end up blind.

Reality is: Everything you have right now can be taken away from you.

So... What do you do in situations like that?

Watch this video and find out!

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

Jan 9, 2018

► Understanding The REAL Engines Behind Success ◄

Have you ever questioned yourself why some people are more successful than others? What really defines success?

While this is definitely a tricky question to ask, there are some things that operate behind these engines and that makes success more "achievable".

In this video, we are going to discuss the real engines behind success and what most successful people tend to do that makes them so successful.

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

How To Market Yourself As A Software Developer:
My Pluralsight Courses:

Jan 8, 2018

► I Wanna Teach Programming... But I'm An Amateur ◄

If you're a regular viewer of this channel, you've probably heard me talking a lot about creating your YouTube Channel and all of that.

However, whenever I say that, I receive questions from people asking me "but how am I supposed to start a YouTube Channel? I'm an amateur. There are a lot of channels better than mine".

Indeed. There are... And there will always be.

What should you do when there are a lot of channels and people doing better than you? Should you just give up? Hell no!

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Abundance Vs. Scarcity Mindset:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

Jan 7, 2018

► HOW And WHEN To Tell People The TRUTH? ◄

Telling people the truth can be a tricky thing. How many times have you heard from people that "Oh, I'm super sincere. I tell people the truth just like it is".

Well... This might not the BEST idea all the time.

If you really wanna tell people the truth, there is a HOW and WHEN to do it.

Wanna know what it is? Watch this video and find out!

How To Win Friends And Influence People:
Are You Seeking External Validation?:

Jan 6, 2018

► How I Changed From A Fat Weirdo To A Good Looking Guy ◄

Some of you might not know, but I was not that look good and fitness model since I was born.

I was a big fat weirdo in my early days and some people are beyond surprised when they see how much of a difference and how much I've changed since I was young.

A lot of people ask me: John, how were you able to change so drastically? What have you done?

Watch this video and find out!

Being Good Looking As A Guy... Is It Necessary?:
5 Soft Skills Every Developer Should Know:
Career Story Playlist:
What My Life Was Like 7 Years Ago:

Jan 5, 2018

► NO ONE Wants To Help You! ◄

So, you're new to a new town and you have this AMAZING project you'd like to work on. You'd like to build, let's say, this amazing and HUGE game company.

However, where you live you have no one to help you. There is no one interested in your project.

Your life sucks, right? NO!

In this world, there is a very hard lesson that you need to learn and this lesson is that no one wants to help you!

Why? Watch this video and find out!

How To Guarantee You're Going To Succeed?:
What Happened After I Made A Million Dollars?:
How To Raise Your Setpoints?:

Jan 4, 2018


What Programming Language Should BEGINNERS Learn FIRST?

One of the most common questions I get from new programmers starting out in the field of software development is which programming language they should learn.

For some aspiring developers, this question ends up being a stumbling block they never get over.

I’ve coached plenty of developers who were always second-guessing themselves or changing their minds, jumping from programming language to programming language, always worrying about making the wrong decision. They stress over the question, “What programming should I learn?”. If you’ve stressed over this, then this chapter is for you.

First, I’m going to dispel some of that doubt; then I’ll give you some real practical considerations for choosing your first programming language to learn.

So... What programming language should beginners learn first? Watch this video and find out!

How I Became A Fucking Bulldog And Changed My Life:

Why I'm AGAINST Net Neutrality! (And What Will REALLY CHANGE):

Jan 3, 2018

► Real Estate: Ownership Interests (Not Into It) ◄

"Real property interests can be acquired and held in several different ways, including as an owner, a possessor, or a party entitled to some future or contingent interest. This article briefly touches on the most common real property interests, and how such interests might be typically applied in “real-world” transactions."

"The most common estate for owning a real property interest is the “fee simple absolute,” often shortened to “fee simple.” A fee simple property interest is the broadest estate described under law"

What should you do if you were not into Real Estate ownership interests?

Simple Real Estate Investing For Programmers:
Real Estate Playlist For Developers:

Jan 2, 2018

► The Technical Skills You NEED To Have As A DEVELOPER! ◄

Have you ever questioned yourself what would be the technical skills you NEED to have as a developer?

You know I often talk here on this channel about soft skills and how important they are. However, we need to make sure not to discard the technical skills, which are definitely a big part in everyone's life and career.

I mean, if you can’t actually write code and develop software, all the soft skills you learn won’t really do you much good. Perhaps you’d make a good manager or coach, but not a software developer.

But if you are reading this section of the book, I’m assuming you are interested in becoming a software developer—or a better one—so let’s talk about the technical skills you are going to need to know.

Now, this is a topic that tends to overwhelm many beginning software developers because it can feel like there is so much to know, and it can be difficult to even know where to start.

I’m going to try and break it down here into what the most essential and beneficial technical skills are that are going to benefit you the most in your quest to become a software developer.

The Complete Software Developers Career Guide:
Specialization For Software Developers Playlist:
The BEST Programming Languages To Learn In 2018:
Code Complete:
Clean Code:
Interview Cake:

Jan 1, 2018

► When Should I Optimize An Application/Software? (Before or After Launch?) ◄

Optimization is one of the biggest questions for programmers. Optimization can make or break any project, depending on how it is done.

Many programmers spend a lot of time worrying about optimization without even releasing the project to the public. What to do in situations like this?

Should you optimize before or after lunch? Watch this video and find out!

Are You Planning Too Much? (Zero Action):

Dec 31, 2017

► Positive Self-Talk Vs. Self-Illusion◄

There is a difference between positive self-talk and self-illusion that most self-help gurus don't talk about and it definitely makes all of those who want to learn more about personal development confused.

Positive self-talk can definitely change your life in ways you can't even imagine. However, you need to be aware of self-illusion.

How can you make sure you won't be illuding yourself and that you'll go right into the positive path?

Watch this video and find out!

How To Beat Laziness (2018 Updated):
How Lying To Yourself Will Destroy Your Life And Career:

Dec 30, 2017

► The 3 Forms Of Slavery! (That Keeps You From Achieving True Freedom) ◄

I tend to say that there are 3 forms of slavery we all need to go through if we want to achieve true freedom.

Recently I've done a video where I talked a little bit about those forms of slavery but, in this video, I'll do a little bit more in depth about all of the three phases and how you can go from one phase to another till you reach maximum level, which is true freedom.

Freedom Playlist:
Can I Force Someone To Do Something I Want?:
Why You Shouldn't Play The Victim:
How I Became A Fucking Bulldog And Changed My Life:

Dec 29, 2017

► How To Name A Business? ◄

Most developers don't have the mindset when it comes to entrepreneurship, still, they want to build a business for themselves, which means that they'll have a LOT to learn.

One of the first things you should learn is how to name a business.

Does a name really matter? Or is it just some kind of vanity?

Watch this video and find out!

My Pluralsight Courses:

Dec 28, 2017

► Simple Programmer Success Story: From $30/hour To $300/hour ◄

I love to share Simple Programmer's success stories in this channel just so you can know how possible it is to change your life.

This time, this guy was able to increase 10x his income just with the tips I share here at Simple Programmer.

Wanna know how he was able to change his life and get a 10x raise in his income? Watch this video and find out!

Success Story Playlist:
Why You Should Fake It Till You Make It:
What My Life Was Like 7 Years Ago:

Dec 27, 2017

► How Can High School Students Become Developers? ◄

If you're a student and you want to become a developer you've probably wondered how you could possibly become a developer while studying.

Bottom line is: It is not easy. There are a lot of challenges along the way, especially when it comes to time and mixing work and life.

So, what can you do to minimize those effects?

Watch this video and find out!

The Complete Software Developers Career Guide:
The Compound Effect:
My Pluralsight Courses:

Dec 26, 2017

► Less Research, More Action! ◄

If you want to succeed you'll need to be able to find the right balance between theory and practice. And this theory/practice balance comes in different forms and types.

For example:
Most developers make the mistake of spending a lot of time searching and studying and only a little portion of its time executing what needs to be done.

It definitely created a huge gap between theory/practice, or just between observation/action.

So, wanna know how to succeed? Less research, more action!

Wanna Do Something? Give it Your All:
What It Was Like When I Made A Million Dollars:

Dec 25, 2017

► Is Computer Science The Right Major For Me? ◄

Developers face a lot of choices when they are looking to improve their careers.

There are a lot of options available, between majors, specializations, degrees, etc.

One of them, of course, is computer science. Is computer science the best major for you? Watch this video and find out!

Simple Programmer 2017 Channel Trailer:
Unscripted Book:
Soft Skills Book:

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