All things Comfort Zone

Clojure Buzzwords I am Learning

Estimated 15 minute read

When I first started with Clojure, my mind was foggy and filled with a swarm of buzzwords. There were tools, plugins, libraries, patterns and frameworks with names that were all new to me. This is a blog post of all the buzzwords that I am learning.…

My Nomadic Lifestyle

Estimated 2 minute read

My goal for the next two months is to maximize my learning time and try to keep my anxiety as low as possible by stripping out unnecessary concerns. I made some changes that ripped me outside of my comfort zone that initially made me anxious. This i…

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My Nomadic Lifestyle

My First Week at CloudAfrica

Estimated 4 minute read

Stay tuned if you are interested to know what I learned, did and achieved in the past week. Maybe something I did could be of interest to you. Only time will tell. Read on. Monday I started the week by saying my goodbyes to the lovely people at Mult…

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My First Week at CloudAfrica

Sayōnara

Estimated 1 minute read

I've been very quite. A year's worth of quiet to be exact. I'm sorry. I'm still here. I still plan on blogging, just a little differently now and maybe shorter posts. Writing is hard. Saying goodbye is harder. Writing to say goodbye, for me, is down…

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Sayōnara

Know your limits

Estimated 3 minute read

"Know your limits, know when to give, know when to demand, know when to say no, know when enough is enough" Face your fears, get out of your comfort-zone, do something that you won't normally do. Yes, this is maybe great advice until it becomes debi…

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Know your limits

Change starts with you

Estimated 3 minute read

Mahatma Gandhi says to start changing yourself if you want to change the life around you. "Change starts with you"... how cliché Clarice. Thanks for that one. Okay, I really feel I need to deep dive into this topic to make my intentions clear. It is…

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Change starts with you

The fear behind the scenes

Estimated 5 minute read

"The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel," Steven Furtick Think of someone successful in the industry who you admire. This person doesn't have to be well known, but t…

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The fear behind the scenes

Rubyfuza 2017 Conference

Estimated 15 minute read

I spoke at Rubyfuza 2017 in Cape Town about how Imposter Syndrome impacts my day-to-day decisions and confidence, affects growth by limiting opportunities and makes me feel unworthy. I wanted to share my experience & perspective of feeling like a fr…

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Rubyfuza 2017 Conference

The imposter within

Estimated 8 minute read

“Did I do anything wrong today,” he said, “or has the world always been like this and I've been too wrapped up in myself to notice?” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Just over a month ago I: started doubting myself; felt like I …

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The imposter within

How I got my article published

Estimated 4 minute read

I am proud to announce that my article got published on A List Apart giving me the chance to share my career experiences with the community. My article — "Finding Opportunities in the Mistakes We Make" got published on A List Apart on 2 August 2016.…

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How I got my article published

What it means to be an expert

Estimated 2 minute read

Accelerate your learning by sharing what you learn with others while you are learning it. Experts aren't people who know absolutely everything in their field of expertise. Take GPs for example, they provide educated guesses based on textbook learnin…

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What it means to be an expert

Branding your identity

Estimated 5 minute read

It's important to know that having an engaging community presence is far more beneficial than experience alone. Think how the web has evolved. There are so many technologies that it is impossible to know everything. Yet recruiting is largely based o…

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Branding your identity

Coping with fears of public speaking

Estimated 6 minute read

Fears sabotage our success and impede improvements we can make. It's terribly difficult to overcome them but all we can do is try. Take it one step at a time. At some time in your career, you may be asked to present or speak at an event. If you are …

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Coping with fears of public speaking

Reignite the passion

Estimated 4 minute read

Do you remember how excited you were when you wrote your first program? It's easy to forget when you've been in the real-world for a long time. Sometimes we just need to reignite that passion that we once felt and spread the feeling throughout our t…

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Reignite the passion

Escaping the social comfort zone

Estimated 3 minute read

"I think that we grow when we are outside our comfort zone. If it's not breaking you down, it's not building you up." quoted by Scott Hanselman The comfort zone. What a wonderful place. It's so safe to be in. You're familiar with the surroundings, i…

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Escaping the social comfort zone

You don't have to be a number

Estimated 3 minute read

Do you feel like a number? Making a name for yourself in the software development community helps build street cred in the corporate world. When you join the corporate world, you become a number. At least, that is what I heard - and believed. The ga…

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