When I realised that Junior Developers were coming to me, regularly, for help. That, and when I would be able to go into a meeting and chime in with some real, solid insight into a problem or discussion.
It was gradual - so gradual that I barely feel like I'm past the newbie stage.
To be fair though - I tend to like immersing myself back into being a newbie by looking at some topic I have absolutely no knowledge of - reminds me of how little I really know. I like being hungry for knowledge, I guess.
It is such a nice feeling being able to point others in the right direction!
I really feel that rush in meetings too, especially being at a new company. I don't proclaim to know your experience, but for me, being able to bring my past experiences into something new, really opened my eyes to how much knowledge I gained.
I have noticed by talking to others, and through my own life, that we really underestimate how much knowledge we gain over a period of time.
I really appreciated you sharing this, thanks!
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