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Monday Motivation: The Unlikely Developers

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Developers are almost synonymous with solution-driven intellectual wizards. Think…Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. They’re all developers and their rep is definitely well deserved. They have done some mystically complex stuff.

Sometimes, I’m afraid to even call myself a developer because I don’t fit the stereotype. And because of *cough*  imposter syndrome.

But if you are like me then you have spent a fair amount of time in the trenches, building things, taking classes either in college, and/or online. So, my lovelies you have earned and deserve the title of developer. Developers come in all sexes, colors, shapes and sizes. Development is one size fits all.

 

You may be asking yourself where is she going with all this? I’m coming to that.  If you follow me on Twitter  you may have notice that I:

  •  Like to retweet. Like a lot!
  • Share stories about self-taught developers who break into tech.

I love these stories. We need them, because we need to see developers who are relatable. Not everyone is a Computer Science grad, or has been coding since 10 (No offense if you are either, or both). And since only a select few can be a unicorns, like those aforementioned above.   I’d like to politely reminded that there are other developers like us. And they are totally relatable people who are landing jobs in technology.

Some Unlikely Developers

  1. Adrienne Lowe from Coding With Knives.
  2. Joshua Kemp 
  3. Tam Dang
  4. Melanie Pellegrino 
  5. Alisha Ramos
  6. Tia Pope
  7. Jen Myers

Consider this my Monday motivation. If you like this post and would like to see more posts like these please leave a comment below.

Never Give Up on Becoming a Developer

I read a quote today and it really hit home for me.

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Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway
~Earl Nightingale

Sometimes it seem like it will take forever to “become a developer”. Especially when comparing oneself to others in the industry. Or when good ole imposter syndrome rears it’s ugly head and self doubt chips away at your confidence.

Now you too may be wondering at what point does one become a developer? Is it after completing 10,000 hours (or 10 years) of practice? Or do you become a developer when you start believing you are.  Can we fake it until we make it?

The answer is all too simple! You will finally become a developer after you convince yourself that you are. Because if you don’t believe in yourself how can you inspire confidence in anyone else?

The truth is as developers we  never quite finish learning. We are lifetime learners. All that’s required is one part passion and one parts dedication. And of course a commitment to keep learning. So when imposter syndrome sets in or when you face a road block in your path just keep going. And remember it’s the journey that’s important not the destination.