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Devon Campbell
Devon Campbell

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Prune Your Web Dev Career (or Watch It Grow Wild!)

All too frequently, people end up changing careers into web development only to realize their new career sucks and they just want to get out of it! 😫 This usually happens if you say yes to everything. Your career is defined not by what your goals are but by who gets to you first. πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Watch this. It’s important!

I’ll share an analogy to bonsai trees (along with some absolutely choice puns) to help explain why saying yes to everything is a terrible idea and how pruning your career by saying no will allow you to build it into the career you ultimately want.

I’ll also tell you a story about my own experience turning down a job that paid 50% more than my previous job πŸ’Έβ€¦ which cleared the way for me to take a job months later that paid 2x πŸ’°πŸ’° what that one would have paid.

In the process, I share a short clip of a video by Bonsai Boise.

Thanks for watching. Comment here or on YouTube if you have questions. While we’re here, are you driving your career, or are you waiting for someone to invite you into the party? Stop waiting for someone to take a chance on you, and start freelancing instead! My Freelancing Crash Course πŸŽ“ will help you get started for free!

Top comments (2)

snoopydev profile image

Thanks for your video, but for those who are starting in programming career, we can't say no easily.

raddevon profile image
Devon Campbell

That's my point. It feels that way, but you still can say "no" in most cases. If you don't, your career takes off on its own without regard to what you want out of it.

Having to put food on the table or pay rent is one thing, but most often when people say they "can't" say "no," it's less about survival and more about fear.

Thanks for watching and for dropping a comment!