Change The Rules

Imagine that you’ve woken up and it’s pitch black.

First you are afraid to move because you don’t know where you are. You wonder how it is you got here. What could you have done to get to this room? But then you realize it doesn’t matter because you are here right now and you can’t see.

Slowly, as minutes pass, your fear starts to ebb and you start moving around. You stumble around on the floor. It feels like some kind of rough wood. Finally you find a wall, and putting your left hand on it, you move around the room.

Four walls, maybe 10 feet each. It’s just a small square.

There are no windows. One of the walls houses a cheap feeling wooden door, but it’s locked. Reaching up you feel nothing, but a jump into the air reveals a low ceiling.

As the time continues to pass, you realize you’ve got a problem. You’re trapped. The way out is locked and nothing indicates anyone is coming for you anytime soon.

What do you do?

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My First Code Review Experience

I started attending the Portland WordPress Meetup a few years ago as a way to make connections and improve my WordPress skills. However I quickly discovered simply attending meetings wasn’t helping my coding skills much. Then we had Lance Willett come and speak on breaking themes. The talk was excellent, and afterwards I made sure to introduce myself.

Lance was very gracious and offered me his contact information and told me to send him so code and he would be happy to review it.

I was excited!

I was terrified…

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Learn to succeed

I spend my days at a desk behind a keyboard typing. While I can type relatively quickly, I can tell you I was not hired because I write 100 words a minute. I am a knowledge worker. I get paid because of what I know, not for a particular skill I possess.

The funny thing is, my current profession uses knowledge that I gained not from school, but from teaching things to myself through a combination of book reading, podcast listening, tutorials, conversations, and more. The list of sources is long, but I have savored ever scrap I could pick up. I have always enjoyed learning and tucking things away. The moment I stop learning is the moment I will start becoming worthless.

Knowledge is valuable. Without it, most of us would be out of a job.

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