This week, I published Jerome Hardaway's #DevJourney story on my eponym Podcast: Software developer's Journey. Among many other things, here are my main personal takeaways:
- Jerome's DevJourney started only about 10 years ago, when he left the military, right in the middle of the 2008-2009 crisis. It all started with a Code.org advertisement on Facebook. Then he randomly picked up a book on SQL and started learning. That's how he got his first (boring) job in tech, as a database administrator.
- If Jerome took one thing from the AirForce, it's the willpower. Whatever he wants to do, he does it. And this shows throughout his whole story.
- During his second job, working for a non-profit organization, Jerome was running a one-man-show. That's how he had to diversify and learned - again out of sheer willpower - what he needed to succeed.
- At some point I asked Jerome if he had an idea of what kind of persons applied for and were successful in his program. He answered talking about focusing on empathy. The answer he gave me felt waaay off. I later realized what he meant. There is no ideal profile, he is really building on this "sheer willpower" he learned in the military. The vets who enroll are willing to do the work, this is the only common and necessary skill.
- Jerome seems to be an always-on-person, so I asked him if he didn't fear burnout. His answer was pretty straightforward: he is a straight shooter, but when he takes time off, he is OFF! So he is balancing his work and energy pretty well.
- Plan time everyday to do and learn something and be prepared to "pay the tax" (do the work)
- "Doing deep work matters, preserve your time to focus on things"
- "I don't set goals, I set habits, I focus on the reps, something good might come out of it"
Thanks Jerome for sharing your story with us!
Did you listen to his story?
- What did you learn?
- What are your personal takeaways?
- What did you find particularly interesting?