Seek a community not a mentor

  • A lot of newer developers see experienced developers and ask them to be their mentors
  • Or think they need a dedicated mentor to make progress and teach them
  • Look for a public mentor like Angie Jones or other creators who share their knowledge
  • That puts a lot of pressure on the mentor and also asks them to dedicate a lot of their free time
  • Following someone's content is a great way to get that "mentorship" aspect
  • One of the greatest mentors I've had is the Virtual Coffee community
    • I get to learn from everyone around me
    • Learn from their experience
    • I feel motivated and encouraged by them
    • I can learn just by being a fly on the wall
  • Because I'm learning from a community instead of just one person I can learn about a lot of different things
    • I'm a frontend developer by nature so a lot of content creators I follow talk about frontend and I can learn from them.
    • But when I'm apart of a community I can learn about things like devops and aspects of programming that I don't know about
    • You get a lot of different views and opinions
    • You get people who are at different stages of their careers
      • You can learn from both those who are more senior or more junior from you
  • But I can also give back to that community
    • Leveling up the community is a great feeling and also beneficial to you
    • When you learn something from a community you can write content about it and that might help teach someone else.
    • It feels great when you can learn something, release content about that subject, and then that content teaches someone else
    • And hopefully from there, the cycle of teaching and learning continues!
  • Learn how to ask good questions
    • Broad questions like, "What technology should I learn?" are hard to answer
    • It's easier to answer a question if there are specific details
    • Easier to answer questions if you talk about what you tried or what you were doing.
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