I’ve avoided speaking of topics like this. On one hand: I don’t believe I have anything to add that hasn’t been said by 20 self-improvement authors already. On the other hand: I’m also not a fan of expressing my own personal story on the internet too much. But in the end “Never give up” has pretty much been my war cry for the last 6 years, so I decided I’d share some of that with you. To start the new year right. I’m going to start by saying that I don’t know you. For all I know, your life has seen much more hardship than mine, and you’ve accomplished more than me. Perhaps what I’ll say to you will seem simple whining. But, no matter how successful you are, I’m willing to bet that you’re going through something. And I’m here to tell you it’s going to be okay. On…

No fancy intro this time. It’s the end of the year and we all know what that means. Here’s some ideas on a coders new years resolutions for 2019: Join the #301DaysOfCode Movement or the #100DaysOfCode Movement I’m adding both of these at the start, since I realize committing to something for 301 days may seem a little daunting at first. There is, however, no reason to not start out with both of them at once, since they have pretty much the same rule set: Code a minimum of an hour every day for the next 100/301 days. Tweet your progress every day with the #100DaysOfCode and/or #301DaysOfCode hashtag and the day number. Here’s an example on how to do both from my friend Charlie on Twitter: The movements themselves represent one of the greatest opportunities ever afforded to junior and upcoming developers. This is because you get to…

By now it’s been about a month since the last post that I released on this blog. And, if I may be allowed to be totally honest, that’s too darn long.

It’s been a month packed with experiences adjusting to a new life in a new place. A month getting back in touch with old acquaintances. And a month that allowed me to finally celebrate fulfilling the goals I set out for me this year.

Except the Corgi. But we’ll get to him later.

Yet, such a lengthy celebration kept me from writing. Which is not amazing, because writing is one of the things I enjoy the most in this day and age.

However, taking a month off gave me some interesting life perspective. Which I’m compiling into next week’s post called ‘Remote Life – Work Balance’.

And it also got me to think about the reasons for which I write this blog. Which I’m going to be sharing today. It’s a little bit personal so, if that’s not really your thing, you’ve been warned.

But if you’re interested, let’s talk about it:

Author’s Note: This post is a sequel to last week’s Lessons from Remote Work Job Interviews around the world. – Pt 1. If you haven’t read that one, I highly suggest starting there.

Last week we talked about the first three lesson’s I got from my 4 month remote work interviewing process. We mainly learned that:

  • There will always be someone better, but that doesn’t have to stop us.
  • Saying “I don’t know” can be surprisingly powerful.
  • Reinforcing your fundamentals can lead you to discover new strengths.

Now, this week, we’re going to be discussing the final three lessons I got from this journey, starting now:

I’ve spent the past 4 months of my life with a single focus: Getting a Remote Job. This was a process that led me into a journey of self-discovery, learning and personal growth. Here are some of the lessons I learned from Remote Work Job Interviews around the World.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t just spend 4 months throwing resumes out there and hoping for the best. That wouldn’t have been enough. These were three of the most hard-working months of my entire life: I’m talking 16 hour days of work and study.

And while I know that it may sound excessive for some people, to me it only made sense. I knew I wanted to change Jobs, and I knew I wasn’t about to settle down for more of the same. I didn’t want another 9 to 5, different office, similar commute.

No, my friends. To me, getting a remote job meant obtaining freedom. Freedom to be wherever I wanted to be, and to visit my friends and family more often. 

But, as some of you may already know, remote work isn’t an easy perk to come by. And it’s not that hard to understand why: you’re competing against the whole world for a job like this. This also meant that remote work job interviews were going to be a little more competitive than usual.

So I had to make my mind, was I willing to fight for the kind of life I wanted? And not only was the answer yes, but by now I can also say: It worked.

But this process didn’t come without it’s fair share of challenges. It wasn’t easy. And yet I would be lying if I were to say I didn’t learn anything from it.

I gained more than just the job I wanted from this experience – I gained valuable lessons that will forever change the way I see life. And these are the ones I want to talk about today.