Notes: #12

Postings

Been a few weeks since my last notes & I've been collating a few points (and trying to find the time to actually flesh out the notes..)

My posting schedule is full steam ahead. For a little while I've had posts up until July! I figured that is far enough in the future for now and so I am peppering additional posts in between (a lot can happen to a site in a few months!)

Since converting my site to 11ty, I've been finding opportunities for new 11ty sites everywhere. Just the other day I was talking to a friend about having a site with his YouTube videos on and within a few hours I had a prototype up and running by using an RSS feed.

Working Code Podcast

As mentioned in my last note, I've been listening to Working Code a coding podcast which doesn't cover one specific language, but the ideas and methodologies behind coding. Every episode seems to have a takeaway, even if it is from "Triumphs and Fails" at the beginning.

A few weeks ago, in Episode 13, one of the hosts Ben shared a poem which really resonated with me. I'm not normally a poem guy (I couldn't recite one, that's for sure) but, I was listening to this particular episode the day after I published my post about Imposter Syndrome and something clicked.

The poem is by Marianne Williamson (I've added new lines for readability, but the original is a passage):

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Another takeaway was from the episode I listened too today (Episode 15). The phrase "building as you climb". was mentioned and I really liked it as a methodology. To paraphrase; As you solve a problem, once you cross the ravine, you should build a bridge so the person that follows you doesn't need to build a bridge for themselves and can go further than you. It's a great ethos to carry and has reminded me why I write so much goddam documentation at work.

This reminded me of my post about delegation in which I said

you should train your team to be as good as you, and then push them to be better

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Mike Street

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Mike is a front-end developer from Brighton, UK. He spends his time writing, cycling and coding. You can find Mike on Twitter.