What you need to learn

Date published: Friday 16th of December 2016

We've been enjoying a conversation this week about, "What should you learn?"

It's a topic that I've been thinking about for ...twenty years.

And, of course, the usual suspects always show up. The frameworks. Javascript. PHP. Design patterns. Python. Django. Mobile apps.

What do you think you should be learning, as we face a brand new year? Please. Stop and think about that for a second. What are the things that you can learn that will really help you to get ahead in life, next year? What are the things that will enable you to care for the people whom you love? IF - God forbid - some massive financial challenge should suddenly crop up, and you have a family member who suddenly needs urgent and expensive medical care, what will be the lessons that will help you and your family to survive and thrive?

It is PHP?

How about Agile?

AngularJS?

Of course, there are some who think that perhaps we should be focusing on; search engine optimisation, design and things of that nature.

Hear the words of DC - because right now I'm going to tell you what you really need to learn



NOBODY IS BETTER THAN YOU AND YOU HAVE THE FUCKING RIGHT TO BE BRILLIANT!



That's the lesson. It's the most important thing that you need to learn right now. I want you to print it out and pin it to your fucking wall, if you have to. I'm speaking to you as a 40 year old web developer who has spent almost all of his adult life making OTHER people rich. Well, guess what? It's not going to happen any more. The next person who gets rich off of the back of my work will be me. That's right. Me!

Got a job as a web developer? Managed to land a gig? Okay. That's nice. Did you sign a contract that formally and legally passed ownership of the code over to your employee? Did you sign that contract? Oh, you didn't? Well congratulations, Starsky. You own the fucking app! It's yours. I heard that straight from my lawyer, yesterday afternoon.

But let's keep the focus away from me! The truth is - I take responsibility for everything. If anything has gone wrong in my life. If anything has not turned out the way I want, then it was MY FAULT. I'm responsible. Me. And, by the way ...I'll be fine. Actually, I'm smiling as I type this because I know what's coming up - and I'm going to be considerably more than fine. So, don't worry about me.

This is a post about you. I want you to know that you are fucking brilliant. As a matter of fact, WE are brilliant. Let me tell you - I think that web developers and programmers are the people who make this whole crazy world work. WE are the people who make the lights go on. What do you think would happen to the planet if there were not people like us? What would happen to the power stations? What would happen to the hospitals? Education, transport, defence, commerce, taxation, waste management... you fucking name it, and - in this day and age - I guarantee that somewhere down the line, it was all made possible because somebody wrote some code.

Let me tell you, programmers (and I prefer that word over 'coders') are a special bunch indeed. Half of the people reading this are so dedicated to what they do, that they don't even have any concept of time. Think about it. Have you ever written code really late at night? Have you ever worked really early in the morning? Have you ever worked non-stop all through the day or all through the night - or both? I bet you have! Most of the developers whom I know work day and night. They have fantastic brains that are wired for logic. They can identify and process variables in extremely sophisticated ways that most 'ordinary' people couldn't possibly understand.

So, I'm here to tell you that YOU are the person who makes the lights go on. YOU are the brains. YOU are the champion. Without you - and people like you - society goes back to the fucking stone ages. YOU'RE AMAZING!

Motivation? Fuck motivation! I have neither the height, the teeth nor the accent for motivation. I'm here to give you the truth.

I promise, you are much more empowered that you realise. You might be sitting thinking, "but I don't know how to build x, y, z" or, "I haven't learned such and such". Guess what? It doesn't matter! You CAN learn! The only reason why you don't know 'x' is because either you haven't spent sufficient time on it or you haven't yet found the strategies for getting it nailed.

Let me close with a question.

Who invented the iPhone?



Some of you people are thinking, 'Steve Jobs'. Of course, it wasn't Steve Jobs at all. The iPhone was actually invented by an Apple employee by the name of John Casey. Most people haven't heard of him.

John Casey probably isn't even dead yet and already he is forgotten. I haven't met John Casey. I don't know what he looks like or what he thinks about the world in general. Nobody is making a film about John Casey. Heck, he never even made it onto Wikipedia! HIS VOICE IS SILENT.

Do you know something? Even though I haven't met John Casey, I have a vision in my mind of what he's like. And the vision I have is a person just like you! He's like me too. So, I'm saying that it's time for every John Casey in the world to realise what they are worth and to fucking stand tall and claim what is rightfully yours!

And what is rightfully yours? I'll tell you. It's the life, the recognition, the peace, the security, the happiness and the freedom that's just waiting for you - if only you stand up and realise how brilliant you are. Please, let's not be arrogant. This does not have to be arrogant. This does not have to be a message of hatred. It's a message of love and I'm telling you that you have the right to be brilliant. Do you hear me? You have the right. You have my permission.

So, what are you waiting for? All of the people in your life who love you are waiting. They're all waiting for you to make your move. They've been patiently hanging about waiting on you for years! I'm speaking to you on a vibrational level here. You understand what that means and you already know what you have to do, don't you? You already know! Well, guess what? We're all waiting for you. The whole fucking world is waiting for you to step up! Are you ready to claim your brilliance? Are you ready to be a champion? Good. Let's do it together!

DC

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