Word for the Herd
I have said in several of my talks “If you are a developer, and you’ve not learned something new in the past 3 months, you are fast becoming a paperweight.” Learning is important in our industry, that’s not what I want to talk to you about though. A lot of us are programmers because it is our passion. If this sounds familiar, then I’m talking to you…well, and myself. Make sure that you take the time to learn something else.
I love computers. I have since my first Commodore 64. I was ecstatic when I found out that people will pay me to program them. If I don’t watch myself, I will spend most of my waking moments behind a keyboard and miss out on so much of life.
More than just “take time to smell the roses”, take the time to learn something new. Pickup a new hobby, learn to play an instrument, invest some time in learning something that has absolutely nothing to do with computers.
Learning something new will broaden your point of view. It will expose you to different ways of thinking about things, things like problems you have with computers. Broaden your horizon. Become a better programmer by learning something other than programming.
Until next time,
Nerd Herder for the World Wide Herd
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