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Don't worry about HOW long it takes you to become a programmer!

The only journey in tech that matters, is your own. Stop comparing yourself to these developers on social media. Some of them are fast learners, Some had a head start. Also, some lie! Stop using social media as the ruler to which you gauge and measure your life on.

A good friend of mine took 6 years to become a software engineer. It took me a little less than a year. Want to know something interesting? Both of our titles are "Software Engineer". His title isn't "Took 6 years Engineer". No. Same title. Same paycheck. There is no reward for rushing through and there is no punishment for taking longer. The ONLY journey in tech that matters, is your own!

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The only path that matters is your own. So many people get caught up in the idea of "I need to become a developer in 6 months!", "90 days until I make 6 figures!", "6 weeks until I change my life!". This isn't real. Sure there are some cases where someone really did well and got a job quickly, but for each one of those cases there has to be hundreds that took ten times longer to achieve the same.

Stop under valuing yourself! You are amazing and valuable! You are truly great! Bring value to the table and companies will want you. Increase your skill set and they will be drawn to you and your abilities!

I look forward to seeing you grow.

You may be down, but you haven't sung your last song yet. You haven't shown your best talent yet, you haven't tapped into your abilities yet. It is time YOU shock yourself! Show yourself how great you are!

Follow me on Twitter @dthompsondev
Hope I can keep motivating and inspiring you.

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Gabriele Cimato

Perfect timing, I'm 3 weeks into a new job and already putting so much pressure on myself for not being productive. Then I take a step back and realize it's been... Only 3 weeks!! Thanks for this article!

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Danny Thompson Author • Edited on

First off, HUGE congrats on the new job! Amazing milestone!

It is easy to get carried away in the beginning, but remember, this is a marathon! You are no longer in sprinting mode, it is a long marathon now.

Sometimes you get to a certain level, it is no longer about grinding but it is about STAMINA! It is about engaging in consistent action to produce the results.

Keep doing amazing things Gabriele and I am Excited to see you grow!

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Gabriele Cimato

Thanks for your kind words of encouragement! I have to repeat that to myself multiple times a day, it's a MARATHON not a SPRINT!

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Danny Thompson Author

If you ever need motivation, check me out here, I will be posting a lot more and on my twitter.

I am focused on motivating as many developers as I can on the regular!

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mimran1

I haven't read a more concise and to the point blog than this especially the first two paragraphs. Very motivating. Currently struggling to learn Web Technologies (Front-end frameworks, back-end frameworks etc.. etc..)

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Danny Thompson Author

Thank you for saying that and I try to avoid the "fluff" and bring the value to spark ideas/ inspire motivation.

I want to motivate as many developers as I can to hit their goals.

It is ok to struggle. As long as you keep moving. JUST DON'T STOP! The only guarantee that exists is, if you stop your dream dies. But if you keep moving, no matter how slow, the possibility of your dream still exists. So DON'T STOP!

I am excited to see you grow and reach new levels!

Be persistent, Be diligent, Be phenomenal!

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Corey McCarty

I took a bachelor's in computer engineering and learned lots of circuit stuff along with software development. I did so because I had been in the computer science program and was told that if I enjoyed learning about state diagrams then I should go to engineering. I enjoyed learning lots of things, and once upon a time I fantasized about going to school forever so that I could continue learning different things. I don't use most of what I learned in my work as a developer; however, the problem solving skills that I learned in calculus and engineering help me to be a better developer. That isn't to say that you can't learn those things on the job. Do what interests you and fits your needs.

Great article. Thanks for posting.

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Danny Thompson Author

Thank you Corey!

I completely agree, you can learn A LOT on the job. As long as we are working hard and heading towards our goal, no matter how slow, it is the path towards building a better version of ourselves and becoming better developers!

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Edmon Garcia

Thank you for this kind of blog๐Ÿ˜ŠSometimes when I'm browsing in my social media account I usually saw a lot of post about other learners who make astonishing project in a short period of time that makes me feel sad and started questioning my ability, But now on I'm gonna focus on a learning process and being motivated every day๐Ÿ˜

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Danny Thompson Author

Yes!!! love this!

Focus on YOUR journey! If you need motivation, follow me on Twitter because I post there everyday but I will be posting here as well since I see many people are enjoying this content.

Be the best version of yourself Monmon!

Keep doing amazing things and I am excited to see you grow! ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

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Mara McCrann

Yes! You finally have a dev.to account! I'm really happy that you have one now. Knowing you help a lot of people (I am a follower on Twitter), a platform like this needs you, really. You inspire a lot of programmers and I, thank you for that! This article is one proof of that :)

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Danny Thompson Author

Oh wow! thank you so much for those kind words Mara!

I definitely will continue to try to motivate and inspire those that I can. Truly didn't expect everyone to like my first article! lol.

I definitely have plans to keep writing more articles to try and help as many as I can!

You are awesome Mara! Thank you!

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steve-sinclair

I'm just a hobbyist programmer, and what with the lockdown here in the UK, I'm just going to woodshed HTML5 canvas programming for the foreseeable and build a fully animated BlackJack program for the browser.

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Danny Thompson Author

That is fantastic Steve!

Keep that up! Keep building and growing your skillset. Never know where it will take you!

Keep doing amazing things Steve!

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Anthony A. Nader

Truly inspiring!

This sentence: "The only path that matters is your own" really resonated with me.

Thank you for sharing Danny!

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Danny Thompson Author

Truly appreciate that Anthony and I am glad I could inspire!

I just want other people to know the path exists and is possible!

Just want to help motivate as many developers as I can so we can all reach the top!

Keep being amazing Anthony!

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Anthony A. Nader

I couldn't agree more!

Yes, keep doing what your doing, you're incredibly good at it!

Same to you, your words motivate us all!

Cheers :)

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Heather

I saw your tweet from this post the other day and it was just what I needed to take a breather and get back to the computer with a new perspective. Thanks!

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Danny Thompson Author

I am so glad I could help motivate you!

I give speeches motivating developers so I figured I would start doing it on Twitter and now here. I am already coming up with some more posts that will be better suited for a blog. I just did this since this is what all of the "cool developers" do lol.

But now I realize SO MANY developers are on here. Very natural for me to want to help them reach their goals and become better developers!

Hoping to be able to leverage this and get more developers jobs as well!

Keep doing amazing things Heather!

I see you are in a bootcamp! Excited to see you grow!

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Jesus Abril

Great Danny. Thanks for your inspiring words!

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Danny Thompson Author

Thank you so much Jesus! Truly appreciate it and glad I was able to help and inspire!

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JC Smiley

Fantastic and inspiring article

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Danny Thompson Author

Thank you for reading it JC!

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Joel Godinez

This blog is solid! It took me seven years to finish my undergrad, but it made me more determined than ever. Everyone's journey is different. Thank you for the motivating words.

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Danny Thompson Author

This is phenomenal Joel!

Took you 7 years but there is no time duration next to that degree! it just says degree! So who cares how long it takes, you finally made it to the big leagues and brought value to the table!

You are amazing and doing amazing things! You have done a great job and I am excited to see you grow!

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Ratul Ramchandani

Great motivation! :)

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Danny Thompson Author

Thank you!

Truly means a lot! Trying to motivate and inspire as many developers as I can!

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Arik

Totally agree. Peter Norvig summed it up perfectly in his post "Teach Yourself Programming in 10 Years": norvig.com/21-days.html

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Danny Thompson Author

I am not familiar with Peter but that is a pretty interesting read!

Thanks for sharing that. I am going to look him up some more!

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Rawrasaurus

Thanks for sharing this brother, really needed this today! Inspirational indeed! :)

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Danny Thompson Author

I am really glad it helped you and Thank you!

Trying to motivate and inspire as many developers as I can to reach their goals!

Keep being amazing! If you need more inspiration, you can always find me on twitter @dthompsondev

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Ian Peterson

Three years in and still searching for my first role. Guess this post is about me lol.

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Danny Thompson Author

Doesn't matter how long it takes you to get there.

Just DON'T STOP! No matter how slow, keep moving. That way the possibility of your dream stays alive! You got this Ian!

You are Phenomenal beyond measure!

Time to shock your system and show YOURSELF how great you are!

Push hard and reach a new level!

You got this. Keep doing amazing things and I am excited to see how you grow!

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Code_Quinn

Woohoo, this article is amazing

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Danny Thompson Author

So glad that you like it!

Trying to motivate and inspire as many developers as I can to reach their goals!

Keep being amazing! If you need more inspiration, you can always find me on twitter @dthompsondev

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Elukoye

Thanks for this reminder , sometimes I find myself caught in this rabbit hole.

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Danny Thompson Author

Thank you for reading this Elukoye!

Do amazing things!

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syntaxdancer

Very inspiring words Danny! Thank you so much for sharing.

I love reading through these kinds of general, feel-good, or proud takes on people's successful journeys into the tech industry, but, as much as junior engineers like you, I, and your friend don't need to obsessively compare ourselves to one another, it does help to know what COULD or DID work.

I'd love to hear what specific steps you took to get where you are, people or groups around that lifted you up along the way, personal characteristics or skills that allowed you to shine brighter than others fighting to get into the industry, and failures you experienced along the way. Our paths are all different, in some way or another, I believe that celebrating or mourning what happened along the way will help our global community grow and mature. It'd be great to hear more about your journey.

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Danny Thompson Author

I do speeches on that. This was just my first article. Just wrote my second about giving a talk to a room full of prisoners learning to code.

I will write about how I made my transition to tech since it is a popular talk I give. I am obsessed with trying to help motivate developers and keep growing. Also I am not a Jr. Dev anymore but I was at one time.

I didn't think people would like my articles instead of me speaking to them so this was just a test but people liked it! So I will be writing a lot more real soon. If you want to read the prison story, it is there as well.