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The Coder's Path to Wealth and Independence by Mark Beckner

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Foreword

I am one of you, a coder. I prefer listening over speaking, reading over partying; I love to create but dislike self-promotion; and I favor working on my own over brainstorming in groups. I am one of you, a highly skilled coder, a developer, a software architect, a product designer—and I was, for over two decades, developing "cool" products that I did not believe in. To me, the focus of life and achievement in the corporate world was defined by review cycles and competition in the rewards curve rather than customer satisfaction.

Sure, we coders are paid well, well above population averages, and with that money we pay off mortgages and car loans to trade them in for bigger ones. Every once in a while we take off on a week-long vacation, ...

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