I regularly mentor Software Developers, Engineers, Architects and Executives at every stage of their career. I aim for wholistic growth of the entire person, rather than focusing solely on technological and career growth.
Individuals I have mentored have gone on to work for companies of all sizes from startup ventures to Fortune 100 companies.
Start with yourself. What aspiration can you pursue which rises above all others in importance and priority? This focus, this North Star, must drive every other decision you make.
Learn to think for yourself. This requires significant, nearly comprehensive brain rewiring. Do not let anyone hand your opinions to you.
Take responsibility. Be accountable. Make promises you can keep, then deliver on your promises. Aim to make your employer’s or client’s life better. Show them the value you can provide. Help others around you to achieve the same once you have demonstrated how to do it yourself.
Read. Read some more. Keep reading. Don’t merely read about technology. At minimum, read about history, art, literature, philosophy, economics, psychology, and leadership. Apply what you learn to yourself first, then in how you interact with others.
Set the pace. Become a thought leader in how you present yourself and prepare yourself. Professional clothing, appearance and communication skills demonstrate how seriously you take yourself and others. Ensure consistency across all the sites where you have a public, visible presence, and in all your professional interactions with others.
Make a plan. Visualize what you want to achieve. Then break it down into attainable, smaller steps that, when put together, get you on the right path. These steps must align toward your highest aspiration. Ultimately you end up with many plans––daily plans, weekly plans, monthly, quarterly, yearly and multi-year plans. They must all connect. You can and should adjust as necessary to keep you on the path. These plans require flexibility but must continually aim toward the North Star on which you have chosen to focus.
Keep aiming higher. Evaluate your North Star regularly and continue to raise the bar.
Required Reading ^ top
- Righting Software by Juval Löwy
- Exploring Requirements: Quality Before Design by Donald Gause and Gerald Weinberg
- Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises by Roger Sessions
- A Philosophy of Software Design by John Ousterhout
- Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Additional Reading ^ top
- Incerto by Nassim Taleb
- The Goal by Eli Goldratt
- 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
- 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
Let's Meet! ^ top
I have regular time slots available for introductory phone calls, or even lunch if you’re local. Contact me!
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