You don’t have to create the new hot framework to be an awesome developer
There's a lot written about this topic, and probably I'm not going to say anything new you already don't know. This is kinda a reminder for me, so I can read this words in the future and feel "better" about myself.
Let's be honest: we have a problem in the tech industry. Well, we have a lot of problems in fact, but one of the most harmful to our health (both physical and mental) is what I like to call the Rockstar syndrome. We feel the need to become the best developer in the world, attend every single conference about software development, have a Github profile with tons of repositories with 10K+ stars... and not everyone can handle that much pressure.
A lot of us understands that all this is not a requirement to become a good developer, but the fact that the industry empowers that kind of profiles to the detriment of others makes the whole thing quite dangerous.
So, after many years within the industry, and having been on both sides, I would like to leave here a list of important things to keep in mind when someone feels pressured to be the new Rockstar:
- Don't let anyone tell you what you have to do after your working hours.
- If you want to learn a new technology or research about something new in your free time, just do it.
- If you don't want to spend any single moment with anything related to software development after your working hours, don't feel pressured.
- Try to live a balanced life: enjoy your free time, make the things that make you happy, exercise often, free your mind.
- Share your experiences with other people so they can enrich each other.
- If you want to make your own impact in the tech industry, collab with some non-profit organization which improves diversity, give opportunities to underrepresented groups, without resources... Software development it's not only about code, it's about people.
And remember, you can become an awesome developer if your company allows you to develop and grow during your working hours. Don't let the industry stops you to live your life. And be happy.