Humility and coding

When I started my career as a software developer, I found it very hard to acknowledge I didn’t know something or was struggling to figure something out. When facing the unknown I quickly became frustrated and would be angry that there was a problem I didn’t have the solution to at my fingertips.

As I’ve matured, humility has crept in. Actually, after recognising how unhelpful my approach was, I sought some humility and it’s been a source of comfort and progress ever since.

Now, nearly twenty years on from when I started coding, I approach problems (in general) with gentle curiosity and experimentation. Quiet confidence that I can figure something out makes better progress than a brash insistence that I should already have the answer.

Be humble. And kind. Especially with yourself.

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