Put down the video games and find a project to contribute to.
Actually, I'm not sure the latter part of this applies outright. I had no idea what I was doing back then—didn't event know about version control. I felt like I was missing a foundation and thought my college would provide that missing piece.
I think that turned out to only be halfway true. But playing video games definitely sucked up way too much of my time (and it's definitely something I wish I could change).
I proposed "put down the video games" on Reddit and the mob came after me with pitchforks and torches. My takeaway was never to try to separate a software developer from their video games.
In some cases though, you can't be a software developer (let alone anything else) if you don't put them down (as in, being addicted).
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