From my experience across different companies (Meta, Google, Amazon) and what I have observed across different engineering and product teams, there are 4 reasons that help engineers excel in their career:
The tech industry is ever-evolving, with new languages, tools, and best practices emerging all the time. Developers who prioritize ongoing education, whether formally or informally, tend to thrive.
Beyond the technical specifics, the core of programming is about solving problems. Developers who excel are those who can break down complex problems into manageable parts and devise effective solutions.
Software development is often a team effort. Being able to communicate ideas clearly, listen to feedback, and work well with others is crucial.
The landscape of software engineering can change quickly. Successful developers are flexible and can pivot or adapt their skills and approaches as needed.
There is so much more that makes a great engineer than just coding.