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Why Do So Many Programmers Lose Hope?

Programmers Lose Hope

Programmers can lose hope in just a few years in the industry if they don't have the tools to cope with pressures unique to the job.

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In the first decade of my career, I would get angry at everyone around me and turned to the Internet to vent my frustration.

It seemed like managers and other people who didn’t understand software development had caused me to lose hope in my future.

In this episode, I share what caused me to lose hope, and many programmers I run across struggle with these symptoms as well.

If you’re a programmer who has turned to escapism and joining the chorus of complainers – I implore you to reconsider!

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What causes us to lose hope?

  1. We’re Forced to Cut Corners (3:00)
  2. Cognitive Overload (4:33)
  3. Low Perception of Value (5:17)
  4. High Income Forces Deeper Goals (6:50)
  5. Learned Helplessness (8:31)

How can you get your hope back?

  1. Say No With Grace (10:38)
  2. Communicate Uncertainty (12:45)
  3. Ask for Help Earlier (15:28)
  4. Develop Empathy (16:48)
  5. Surround Yourself with Positive Devs (18:24)


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Jayme Edwards

A family man and veteran of nearly 40 software projects, Jayme experienced many wins and losses over his career as an architect and consultant.

Now he's coaching software developers, managers, and business owners to overcome challenges in the IT industry - so they keep growing.