Saturday, June 2

Being awesome

It was a busy day today, as planned i had no time looking into that pdf, which i had left open yesterday. Now that, i got some time for myself, first thing i did was to check hacker news and then google reader. A post from coddinghorror really makes a software developers day. And exactly that happened. Jeff Atwood, explains in his post how to stop sucking at things and be awesome.

I strongly agree to the mantra put down by him, though they are obvious, and deep down somewhere i know them, but still coming across it and reading it makes me realize them.

So without wasting time, here i am writing about it. I want it to be forever with me.

As jeff says,

Here's what I've seen work:

    1. Embrace the Suck
    2. Do It in Public
    3. Pick Stuff That Matters

The "Do it in Public" is something which is been missing in me.
Normally what happens is, if you have something awesome that needs to be done, you try to keep it a secret, with the fear, of it being stolen, or the fear of you never be able to complete it and then later regret and feel embarrassed about it. So technically the fear wins before you even starting to work on that awesome idea of your's and then you never complete it.

Lets go to point 1, Embrace the suck, that is, why care about what others would think if you succeed or fail. As jeff mentions, every one has to die one day, so why not do something and die, instead fear what others will say and never get to be that awesome. Quoting jeff's point on fear here.

Mostly, I think it's the fear that gets us, in all its forms. Fear of not achieving. Fear of not keeping up. Fear of looking dumb. Fear of being inadequate. Fear of being exposed. Fear of failure. The only thing preventing us from being awesome is our own fear of sucking.

To be a successful software developer, i have read a lot of articles, read the pragmattic programmer book, learned about productivity tools, bug trackers, following hacker news religiously, but the above mantra, well, does not just apply to a specific profession, but if applied correctly, will also improve our lives.

"It's better to be safe then Sorry", is such a crap. You know what's better then being safe. Being AWESOME. - Codinghorror

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