On your coding skills

Do you know how to get the shit out of your coding skills?

No?

You can do two things with your coding skills. Sell your skills on a per-hour basis, a pretty good source of income, or use your skill to create an app, a product and experience the compound returns on your skills sooner or later.

How to Get the Shit Out of Your Coding Skills

The developer who writes the code aggressively, without regard for her peers earning pretty good income for more or less the same skills, and partying out loud on the weekends more frequently than she could, often ends up with more opportunities on her way and more possibilities to influence the world positively (including her own world!).

On the other hand, her seemingly happy peers, end up with 7-15% pay increase every year till the market is booming and then when the time is not good, might lose their job wondering what they will do next.

And, of course, it’s the same for designers, writers, doctors, advocates, painters and every kind of creators out there.

Sell your creations for “guaranteed” low returns or compound it through your abilities to deal with an uncertain next.

Is any next certain?

Seek out a difficult job

When you work with a traditional company, you follow more or less this:

  • You join the company;
  • You understand its processes and systems;
  • You sharpen your skills if need be;
  • You get settled,

…and you progress predictably.

That is the kind of a plan; the way it appears most new graduates have.

If they are interviewed by a company that values execution more than processes, they feel scared and don’t pick up the phones from HR of that company in hopes that they will find a “better” company who will offer them tons of salary on the basis of their academic degrees, and not on “execution-abilities”.

Aren’t they taught to play small with their lives when they’re taught to find a ‘secure’ job?

Here’s to the new graduates who need a secure job:

It is easy to get an easy job; it is easier to get fired when you work in an “easy” job. Instead, seek out the difficult job. It’s an opportunity for you to stand out. It’s an opportunity for you to make a difference.

The easy job turns difficult when you lose it and it becomes harder and harder to find another “easy” job.

The difficult job is easy because it is easy to get another difficult job.

Yesteryears smartness was in finding an easy job from a paymaster company with a predictable growth path.

Today’s smartness is in finding a difficult job that only a few can dare to take on, doing it with your 100% and create a path on your own.

Do you still live in yesteryears?

Look forward to the difficult job, because you are smart because you know that only security is your ability to deal with an uncertain next because that works.

Ideal employee pledge

Today a likeminded friend shared this resourceful article with me.

The article is about the Leadership Pledge that successful CEOs would take for 2013, written beautifully by Lisa Petrilli.

Lisa is the CEO of C-Level Strategies, Inc. Find more about Lisa here.

We continued our discussion to find out what would be the pledge an ideal employee would make for 2013. Here it goes:

Ideal Employee Pledge for the Year 2013

  1. I will develop skills to fit my role or create a role that fit my skills.
  2. If I am not the right person for the job, I’ll convey it to my senior management. I won’t stop here. If I know who is the right person for the job, I’ll direct my management to that person.
  3. Regardless of my title, I’ll work as a Chief Servant of the values that my organization has subscribed in.
  4. I’ll remind myself every day, “I’m the most important part of my organization and I’ll do my best to make it successful.”
  5. When I encounter challenging situations, I will focus on solving the problems rather than defending myself.
  6. I’ll be attentive to the details. I’ll be specific in my communication and I’ll be precise in my expectations from everyone I work with.
  7. If I don’t know something, I’ll be brave enough to admit it. First, to myself and then to an appropriate audience. Articulation is fine but I’ll put in every effort to accept it, learn from it and move forward. I’ll beat my ego if it comes in my way.
  8. I’ll work to make my team and my management successful. I’ll help create the opportunities for learning and facilitate resources with my best capacity.
  9. No matter what role I’m playing presently, I’ll exhibit excellent personal leadership. That also, by example.
  10. I’ll take the ownership of the task that I’m responsible for.
  11. Often times, I’ll extend my help to other teams. Helping others creates great relationships and that’s what I’m up to.
  12. I’ll request feedback, positive or otherwise, on regular basis. I’ll give straight feedback too.
  13. I’ll deeply understand my organization culture, and expand it throughout the industry to help make my organization a model organization for that culture.

Despite the type of your business or the personality you possess, you want to be successful in your business, don’t you?

You might say, “but I’m just doing my job.”

Well, it is good to get clear on this sooner than laterYour Job Is Your Business.

Lisa Petrilli, by whose writing this post is inspired, has written an excellent book on success in business and leadership. You might want to check it out as well.

Let me affirm – regardless of your personality type (introvert or extrovert) – if you are clear about it and remain true to yourself, you can leverage it.

Mini Saga – Key Discriminator

Answers like below may become key discriminator at the time of interview. However, it depends on the type of organization you’re having an interview with:

Key Discriminator

Kate appeared for a software project manager interview.

Interviewer: “Tell me about one thing you are NOT very good at?”

Kate:  “Software Programming! – That’s the reason I could focus on getting it done from other most brilliant colleague!”

This answer became the key discriminator and easier for the interviewer.

Your perception and the answers that follow your perception makes all the difference!

Mini Saga – Why Prove?

Even after years of a successful career, some people need someone else to confirm that they are right.

Why so? Is it really required?  

Do you have any kind of ‘Sandy’ living within you? Read the following mini-saga to find out.

Why Prove?
Sandy was the most experienced person in the organization. He was proud of his management tactics, which he had learned the hard way.  When he tried to prove his point to his friend Peter, Peter asked, “But why do you need to prove it after 30 years of successful career?”

Time invested in proving you’re right when it is not required is a form of waste – use that time wisely to do something that matters, instead.

Mini Saga – Unfortunate Job Search

Unfortunate Job Search

And, the seventh call came.

They also had found a position precisely matching the description of his dream job.

Brian spent several weeks searching with zero result so he’s trying job consulting agencies today.

But, there was a common issue – the position was the same he resigned from last month.

If you have decided to change your job, it’s okay. However, the key here is to be clear about what exactly do you want. If you’re not clear, you’ll end up matching Brian’s position as in the above mini-saga.