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Discussion on: What do you need to become a great developer?

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Charanjit Chana

Can’t argue with any of those points!

I would add one more which could be controversial: Knowing when to move on 🏃

Sticking around in toxic or a less than ideal environments not only makes it hard to progress yourself as a developer. Even somewhere where it’s challenging, is it the right challenge?

What about your friends at work? For me, real friends have remained so even after we’ve posted.

If you don’t see the signs, you might not be able to help others around you to make them great too. That applies to new starters, juniors or just a colleague who needs some help.

I’ve been guilty of this and stagnated. I feel like I still did a really good job but was I ’great’?

Another would of course be time

Easy to put pressure on yourself, but as with anything you just need to take the time and put in the work!

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Hi Charanjit, thank you for adding this! Yes it's very important to have a supportive environment that helps you to grow but at a rate you feel comfortable with. That's an ongoing topic for us devs, keep growing but don't burn out and have enough down time. 🧘‍♀️