Never Let Anyone Belittle You as a Developer | Indie App Developer


Hey, this is the Daily Overpass! My name
is Eric and I make apps! Now today, I want to talk about how you should never let
anyone belittle you as a software developer. Alright, every so often, I will turn down a client project not because I can’t do it or I don’t have
the time, or it’s too difficult or anything like that. Sometimes, I’ll turn down a client project because I don’t like the prospective
client that pitches it to me. It doesn’t happen that often because I’ve
seemed to be – because I’m pretty open-minded about these kind of things.
But every so often, you’ll get someone who just rubs you the wrong way.
And I have this a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to put my finger on why
I didn’t want to do this project. It was how I was quoting for it and I was
like as I was going through it and really, I don’t really like this. And
then I started thinking about it wasn’t so much the project itself because it
was an interesting project, it was the person who pitched it to me and
everything was – they used a lot of language that like I just need to knock
up that – “Eric, if you just knock up this forum here, knock up this, just slap this
together…” And it was using things like that. I just didn’t like the idea of – I
didn’t like the way that the language they were using was belittling my
profession as a software developer. And it’s not new. I mean, I’ve faced this
kind of stuff through my whole career, working at investment banks, working in
large corporations. There’s some people who really admire what you do and
there’s other people who see it as you know you’re a resource. And every
so often I’ll get that you’re a resource person and then I just sort of turn it
down. The worst kind of people are people who are a little bit more
technical than others. So like maybe they know how to put an access, Microsoft
Access form together, or a SharePoint form or they could do something in some WYSWYG editor or some app builder. They assume that because
they could do all that with so little knowledge that you should be able to do
it, and ten times the speed or it should cost a lot less than
everything like that. You get into that kind of thing, you start thinking,
“Yeah, you know what, I’d really don’t want to do it.” I did that. I just urned down this project. “This is not something that I want to
work on, but but thanks very much for bringing it to me.” And they were like, “What? Why is it? Why is it?” I was trying to think of a good reason but I
cannot say it’s like “You, man, you just rubbed me the wrong way. You see, you
strike me as a high-maintenance client.” And you know, if you’ve ever had
one, you know what I’m talking about. Where it’s just everything is – everything
is an ordeal and everything you do is like they could have done it
better. If they – if they’d just done it. The reason I’m making this video is
because I’m sure there’s a lot of you, guys, out there who’s experienced this too,
especially junior developers. I want to tell you, guys, never let anyone
belittle what you do. See, the thing is think about software development in my
opinion is that anybody can do it. I honestly believe that anybody if they
took the time and they (laughs) all the late night hours and sat there and racked
their brains, and made all the mistakes and spend all the countless hours. You
know, thinking about things in the shower like, why isn’t that code not working and
and you just going through all the pain that we go through. They could do it
but they don’t. Which is fine. Which is why they hire us. And that’s why
they appreciate what we do. But every so often, if you get someone who doesn’t
appreciate what you do and they treat you that way, you know, screw them. And that’s one of the nice things about having your own
company, is that you don’t have to take it on those projects that you don’t want.
And you don’t really have to give a very good reason. It was like and yeah my
reason I didn’t say, “You know, what it’s just you and I don’t sit well with –
because I’m still at the heart of it.” It’s still very polite
but it was just – I’m just saying, you know what, this is not something I really want
to do. The technology just doesn’t sit right with me. I think you
know there’s other developers out there. I think you would find someone. And
really, it was just – it was just that – it was that those few conversations where I
thought this guy doesn’t think what I do is important. This guy doesn’t see the
value in what I do. So, if he doesn’t see the value then, there’s no reason selling
it to them. So anyway, let me know what you, guys, say. Have you ever had
experiences like this? If you work in a corporate environment depending on how
many different places you’ve worked odds are, you’ve had somebody you work with
who’s been like this? Where it’s just been, you know, that you’re just a tool.
You’re just a resource. You’re just like – you’re like a hammer or something like
that. Then there’s gonna be other people who really admire what you do and
they wish they could do it too. Those are the people you want to work
with. Anyway, those are my thoughts for today. What do you, guys, think? Have you
been in that kind of situation? That is it for today! I will talk to you, guys,
again tomorrow!

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