Pwn Your Career

It’s been over 2 1/2 years since my last post. It’s not that I ran out of things to say or that I got too busy (busy is almost never a reason), it’s that I grew frustrated with throwing ideas and information out and not knowing whether it was put into practice, let alone seeing the results.

After working with a very successful business coach for the past 4 years I’ve come to appreciate the chasm between knowing and doing.  I’ve also learned that the chasm is caused by a variety of subtle reasons ranging from fear to simply not identifying the opportunities to apply what’s been learned.

I started this blog with the idea that I could show good programmers how to become highly paid developers.  I’ve often found myself surrounded by incredible technical talent who either actively shoot themselves in the foot or passively miss countless opportunities when it comes to their career.  My new approach is to combine what I’ve learned about becoming a highly paid developer and what I’ve learned about the value of personalized coaching to create a course for programmers.

If you’re a good programmer and want to become a highly paid developer, save yourself a spot at  This is a small batch, personalized course tailored to where you are and where you want to go.  I’ll be starting the first iteration in January and, based on how it goes, there may be more or different offerings after that.  Since I’m still a developer and am planning a path tailored specifically to the individual, there will be a limited number of spots.  Pre-registration notifications will be sent in the order spots are reserved, so get in early to save your place.



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