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Discussion on: Are you a fake developer? Me too.

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Bradley Collins

My conundrum is knowing when I can consider myself a developer so that I can start calling myself a "fake developer" (I have a bad case of imposter syndrome, not just with development, but even as a professional Project Manager).

I guess I'm still in that tinkering stage (going on for like 3 years now...). I think I know enough atm to start leaving the tutorials behind, but that's scary too!

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Yep, no shame in being nervous of venturing down the path of self deprecation because it can feel too real sometimes!

Ride it out. It truly gets better, and seriously, don’t compare with others (because they’re fake too), just compare to past self who knew soooo much less!

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Vuild

I'll make it official: You are a real dev & pm.

Just make some stuff. You are not an imposter, that is just a feeling you have when you are not focused enough on making something. Once a few people use it & a couple love it, you have done your job as a dev, then do it again. If you are challenging yourself it should be there.

If you had seen what many of the current leading tech put out in the beginning you'd be calling them imposters. So many were just early & barely competent. 🤣

It's like going to the gym, everyone here has been a beginner who couldn't write a line at one point. Everyone knows what it feels like so they want you to do well.

If you struggle to get started, offer help to someone who needs it (charity/small band/artist etc) & over promise. Then you have to do it.

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Bradley Collins

Thanks for that, now to just convince my brain!

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Vuild

Deliver something. It's not about you, it's about building something for the other billions. Even if it is a small part of progress. You landed at the right time in history to contribute a small amount.

Make a small thing (game? looking at your twitter) on repl.it & the rest of us fakes will contribute advice. Results are the cure. "I wanna make XYZ, now I made XYZ".

search.feedi.me by @daviducolo is a simple MVP & is already spreading around, actually being used by experts before he has even found a designer. Timing is good, will be busy, he is forced to improve it because we are using it & pointing it out (Davide msg me & I'll do a little design, np).

That's the best way to learn, deal with blocks/self & get actual value. If it fails (ask anyone with a good thing how many fails they had), it does & you learn. If it works, you win.

Call the game "Imposter Syndrome" (now it has a story too). if it is bad, make "Imposter Syndrome 2" 🤣.

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Bradley Collins

That's a good point. I do have an app idea I've been kicking around (I tend to wireframe out ideas and then put em in my pocket, forgetting about them or intentionally "forgetting" lol).

Hopefully, I can make a (first ever) post to share it soon.

Thanks for the supportive words, I tend to live in my own world and just starting to venturing out and trying to get involved in the community here.

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Vuild

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Do it Bradley. There is a massive amount of interesting dev work & scene near you. LA/SD/OC (NB/HB/Irvine too) is full of crazy risk taking interesting entrepreneurs. Fun work & experiences too. None of that beanbag, pool table nonsense. Real fun.