Job Inverview Question: Jonathan, are you a Rockstar Developer?

I thought I’d start a series about job inverview questions I get asked that I found hard or interesting. This post is going to be about

Jonathan, are you a rockstar developer?

Now, job interviews are all unique, even if they have similar parameters. You sit in front of one or multiple people and they try to get to know you and test you a little. As I wrote in How to get a Job in Tech I think job interviews are fun and they’re a chance to sit in a room with people that make a lot more money than you, which doesn’t make them good people, but it makes their time valuable in the eyes of someone!

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You don’t get paid for the fun part

No matter what you do and how much you love it, if it’s a job, it is work. You don’t get paid for the fun part, you get paid for doing the stuff that requires all your effort. It’s important to keep that in mind.

From Being Average is being ok by Masha

I’ve been following this fashion blog for some time, mainly because I like the style and the posts that are not directly related to fashion, but more the journey. To be honest, fashion still doesn’t really interest me and I doubt it ever will.

I can recommend the read, because it’s actually a really healthy post, that speaks for personal happiness, rather than the pursuit of happiness through extreme achievements.

On the post itself: I completely agree, you don’t get paid for the fun parts (for the most), but some of the work can feel like play, when you’re working in the field that you love. I would still encourage people to try to work in their dream profession, but at all cost.

Could you Survive a Crash?

Everybody is dreaming of their startup, being the next Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg or the like. I just want to mention a point I think is important when considering pouring all your time, money and energy into your idea.

Would you survive it all going to hell? Some time ago I shared two blog posts about failed startups. The founders stories were quite interesting and this is a question you should ask yourself, both in your private and professional life when making decisions.

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Feminists are not whiny bitches.

This has been bubbling up around the web a couple of places, both in pictures and as text. I think this is really important, which is why I’m sharing it here. Sexism is bad and feminists are not whiny bitches, okay?

There is still a lot of things off with our society when it comes to genders and their stereotypes.

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On Keeping Up

Keeping up with long term involvements, fast paced shorter situations can be a challenge. If you love challenges, you are probably going to chase a constant overload or high stress situations.

If you’re like the rest of us, or just not a workaholic you might find some of this stuff actually disturbing. Currently I have been thinking about work/work/life balance and a conclusion is still a little further away.

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On Winning Your Days

We live in a very competitive and challenging society, which is why I quickly wanted to share a feeling I had today, which I want to turn into a habit. For a lot of my life my drive has come from just being dissatisfied with myself.

Today I feel a little more that I actually achieved something and I don’t focus on all the things I have not yet done. I have not yet gotten back to all of my clients, I have not yet done as much for my day job as I wanted to, but I still got things done. Continue reading “On Winning Your Days”

On staying humble

I like quotes, because a great deal of people have been saying or writing memorable things and express my feelings and thoughts a lot better than I could or simply have already done it. I’ll try to blog one of these every month, because there are a lot of them.

In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Charlie Hebdo – Terrorist Attack on Satire Magazine

Today there’s been a terrorist attack on a satire magazine that made fun of an ISIS leader. I write this as somebody who doesn’t always have opinions everybody likes and much more to condemn the violence.

Twitter is currently blowing up with solidarity towards the satire magazine and people, primarily in France, are on the streets with Signs saying

Je suis Charlie

It’s incredibly sad what happened today and we to stop violence and intolerance in all forms where we witness it.

It’s Your Job to Blow up the Barricades Too!

When taking on a job, a project or simply pursuing a goal, you will not face perfect circumstances. Never. That’s why your job includes removing or overcoming barriers and barricades that lay in your way. These things don’t come with the job description or the original demand and it’s up to you to be creative and find a way.

Also, nobody asks if you put the obstacles there yourself, if your competitors or the big bad world did. If you want to make something happen, you better figure out the rules and try to play by them.
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