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Discussion on: Stop pressuring people into programming

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Marco Ledesma

Perhaps turning off the channels that promote the programmer hustle could be a solution. No one should be pressuring you to learn all the time and continue to learn more. Your post is written as if someone’s triggered this feeling in you. Whoever or whatever it is, just get away from it if you can.

I’ve been programming for almost 10 years. I remember the Laravel 4, jquery and bootstrap 1.x. You’re right that the web was exploded in recent years. I do feel the pressure of being up to date with more tech. However, the pressure comes from myself, not anyone else. And at times when I want to not feel the pressure, I close my eyes and tell myself: hey man, it’s all good, you do as much as you can, and be proud of that.

My point is, if you have someone who’s making you feel bad for not programming and learning all the time, eff them. If that person is you, then give yourself some compassion. The world of crazy programmers influencers, the ads telling you to buy courses, and developer bros don’t have to bother you if you decide not to be bothered by it.

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Matteo Vignoli Author

That's a very sensible advice - you're right, it's actually me who's pressuring myself, I know people who are exposed to the same environment and are either completely unaffected or can happily cope with that. Might be part of my sense of inadequacy or my Imposter Syndrome, I'll try to silence all excess noises out there but I wish there weren't so many to start with, it's a huge task.

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Marco Ledesma

Yeah. The imposter syndrome is real. And in the world where there’s never a mastery of your craft due to it constantly changing, it’s hard to alleviate the syndrome. But it’s ok! On the plus side, it’s a career that never gets boring :D