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Aleksi Kauppila

When i worked on my first developer job, i thought that i need to catch up on other developers as quickly as possible to become an efficient part of the team. I was way behind, so i programmed, read articles and tried to learn stuff pretty much every waking minute. Almost burned out in just a couple of month.

I realized that i can't force myself to learn faster. It takes time to understand different concepts. That is something that may seem hard to accept when there's a feeling of being a lot behind on other devs.

I also felt that reading a lot of blogs and articles painted an image about being a software developer that really didn't truly reflect the life at the workplace. Folks may be busy. It's not all about free sharing of thoughts and innovation.