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Soft Skills Video Edition

Video Description

"Useful, practical and actionable advice on a wide array of topics."
Scott Hanselman

For most software developers, coding is the fun part. The hard bits are dealing with clients, peers, and managers, staying productive, achieving financial security, keeping yourself in shape, and finding true love. This book is here to help.

Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual is a guide to a well-rounded, satisfying life as a technology professional. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez offers advice to developers on important "soft" subjects like career and productivity, personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships. Arranged as a collection of 71 short chapters, this fun book invites you to dip in wherever you like. A Taking Action section at the end of each chapter shows you how to get quick results. Soft Skills will help make you a better programmer, a more valuable employee, and a happier, healthier person.
Inside:

  • Boost your career by building a personal brand
  • John's secret ten-step process for learning quickly
  • Fitness advice to turn your geekiness to your advantage
  • Unique strategies for investment and early retirement
John Sonmez is a developer, teacher, and life coach who helps technical professionals boost their careers and live a more fulfilled life.

Conveys a message that every software developer (and everybody else, for that matter) ought to hear.
Robert C. Martin

Stop coding for a few hours and read this book! Your code - and your life - will be much better.
Ionel Condor, SDL

A pragmatic and holistic view of software development.
Javier Muñoz Melid, Igalia

A career coach in a book.
Heather Campbell, Kainos

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1. Why this book is unlike any book you’ve ever read 00:09:46
  2. SECTION 1 - CAREER
    1. Career - intro video 00:03:42
    2. Chapter 2. Getting started with a “BANG!”: Don’t do what everyone else does 00:07:06
    3. Chapter 3. Thinking about the future: What are your goals? 00:08:12
    4. Chapter 4. People skills: You need them more than you think 00:10:40
    5. Chapter 5. Hacking the interview 00:10:52
    6. Chapter 6. Employment options: Enumerate your choices 00:11:45
    7. Chapter 7. What kind of software developer are you? 00:11:29
    8. Chapter 8. Not all companies are equal 00:10:10
    9. Chapter 9. Climbing the corporate ladder 00:09:46
    10. Chapter 10. Being a professional 00:10:21
    11. Chapter 11. Freedom: How to quit your job 00:15:32
    12. Chapter 12. Freelancing: Going out on your own 00:12:05
    13. Chapter 13. Creating your first product 00:10:19
    14. Chapter 14. Do you want to start a startup? 00:10:36
    15. Chapter 15. Working remotely survival strategies 00:10:14
    16. Chapter 16. Fake it till you make it 00:07:21
    17. Chapter 17. Resumes are BORING—Let’s fix that 00:08:26
    18. Chapter 18. Don’t get religious about technology 00:06:59
  3. SECTION 2 - MARKETING YOURSELF
    1. Marketing yourself - intro video 00:03:07
    2. Chapter 19. Marketing basics for code monkeys 00:09:45
    3. Chapter 20. Building a brand that gets you noticed 00:10:20
    4. Chapter 21. Creating a wildly successful blog 00:16:57
    5. Chapter 22. Your primary goal: Add value to others 00:07:00
    6. Chapter 23. #UsingSocialNetworks 00:09:27
    7. Chapter 24. Speaking, presenting, and training: Speak geek 00:10:45
    8. Chapter 25. Writing books and articles that attract a following 00:08:21
    9. Chapter 26. Don’t be afraid to look like an idiot 00:07:54
  4. SECTION 3 - LEARNING
    1. Learning - intro video 00:02:15
    2. Chapter 27. Learning how to learn: How to teach yourself 00:07:06
    3. Chapter 28. My 10-step process 00:06:35
    4. Chapter 29. Steps 1–6: Do these once 00:13:30
    5. Chapter 30. Steps 7–10: Repeat these 00:10:31
    6. Chapter 31. Looking for mentors: Finding your Yoda 00:09:00
    7. Chapter 32. Taking on an apprentice: Being Yoda 00:06:44
    8. Chapter 33. Teaching: Learn you want? Teach you must. 00:08:06
    9. Chapter 34. Do you need a degree or can you “wing it?” 00:08:57
    10. Chapter 35. Finding gaps in your knowledge 00:06:34
  5. SECTION 4 - PRODUCTIVITY
    1. Productivity - intro video 00:02:17
    2. Chapter 36. It all starts with focus 00:08:23
    3. Chapter 37. My personal productivity plan 00:10:20
    4. Chapter 38. Pomodoro Technique 00:12:46
    5. Chapter 39. My quota system: How I get way more done than I should 00:09:12
    6. Chapter 40. Holding yourself accountable 00:06:52
    7. Chapter 41. Multitasking dos and don’ts 00:07:59
    8. Chapter 42. Burnout: I’ve got the cure! 00:09:33
    9. Chapter 43. How you’re wasting your time 00:10:42
    10. Chapter 44. The importance of having a routine 00:08:42
    11. Chapter 45. Developing habits: Brushing your code 00:09:37
    12. Chapter 46. Breaking down things: How to eat an elephant 00:11:03
    13. Chapter 47. The value of hard work and why you keep avoiding it 00:09:05
    14. Chapter 48. Any action is better than no action 00:10:04
  6. SECTION 5 - FINANCIAL
    1. Financial - intro video 00:02:50
    2. Chapter 49. What are you going to do with your paycheck? 00:13:26
    3. Chapter 50. How to negotiate your salary 00:15:32
    4. Chapter 51. Options: Where all the fun is 00:12:52
    5. Chapter 52. Bits and bytes of real estate investing 00:15:45
    6. Chapter 53. Do you really understand your retirement plan? 00:16:20
    7. Chapter 54. The danger of debt: SSDs are expensive 00:11:12
    8. Chapter 55. Bonus: How I retired at 33 00:14:41
    9. Chapter 55: Turning a corner 00:10:36
  7. SECTION 6 - FITNESS
    1. Fitness - intro video 00:02:05
    2. Chapter 56. Why you need to hack your health 00:08:42
    3. Chapter 57. Setting your fitness criteria 00:09:03
    4. Chapter 58. Thermodynamics, calories, and you 00:09:37
    5. Chapter 59. Motivation: Getting your butt out of the chair 00:07:55
    6. Chapter 60. How to gain muscle: Nerds can have bulging biceps 00:14:33
    7. Chapter 61. How to get hash-table abs 00:07:42
    8. Chapter 62. Starting RunningProgram.exe 00:05:44
    9. Chapter 63. Standing desks and other hacks 00:07:42
    10. Chapter 64. Tech gear for fitness: Geeking out 00:08:54
  8. SECTION 7 - SPIRIT
    1. Spirit - intro video 00:03:07
    2. Chapter 65. How the mind influences the body 00:09:37
    3. Chapter 66. Having the right mental attitude: Rebooting 00:11:22
    4. Chapter 67. Building a positive self-image: Programming your brain 00:10:36
    5. Chapter 68. Love and relationships: Computers can’t hold your hand 00:09:31
    6. Chapter 69. My personal success book list 00:08:37
    7. Chapter 70. Facing failure head-on 00:10:09
    8. Chapter 71. Parting words 00:04:34
  9. Outro video 00:02:24