For most software developers, coding is the fun part. The hard bits are dealing with clients, peers, and managers and staying productive, achieving financial security, keeping yourself in shape, and finding true love. This book is here to help.
Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual is a guide to a well-rounded, satisfying life as a technology professional. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez offers advice to developers on important subjects like career and productivity, personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships. Arranged as a collection of 71 short chapters, this fun listen invites you to dip in wherever you like. A "Taking Action" section at the end of each chapter tells you how to get quick results. Soft Skills will help make you a better programmer, a more valuable employee, and a happier, healthier person.
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Software developer? No, this book is by far, much more general than that. Anyone can read this, and gain insight into building good habits, and progressing upwards through life.
Topics such as job interviews, tertiary education being ineffective and fitness are discussed in enough detail so that one may begin to measure the depth of their own ignorance.
This is the kind of book someone aged 17-28 could really use, if they had no idea how to go about being an adult, with a job and responsibilities.
John Sonmez is very passionate about everything in his life, which leads his reading of his own book to break into dozens of tangents. This is frustrating at times, but ultimately beneficial due to the extra dense content he adds.
John also cites a lot of references to back up statements. Dozens of other books, links to websites containing studies and statistics make for very solid information. This is unique in the self help genre.
I recommend it to anyone willing to self improve as the entry book.
Have you ever caught a passionate teacher after class, and stood there just listening to him try unwind 20 years of experience about something in one go?
Yeah, it's that.
"Should be called a developers roadmap to success!"
This is my favorite audio book. I refer back to it often and glean new information each time.
There are certain elements that remind me of How to win friends and influence people. It would however be unfair to both books to make the direct comparison because John Sonmez doesn't give the amount of anecdotal information on human interactions that Dale Carnegie does and "How to win friends and influence people" certainly doesn't cover as many topics that Soft Skills does.
The chapters on Nutrition and Physical Fitness. As programmers we work very sedentary jobs at times and this is an area where we could all use a helping hand.
I recommend this book to all my friends, new programmers as well as non-programmers. If you are considering it I promise you won't be disappointed.
"Becoming a better developer"
I highly recommend the book if you not only want to become a better software developer but successful person
"Do yourself a huge favor; listen to this!"
This was the very first audiobook I've ever listened to, and by far the best. If you suffer from low self-esteem, imposter syndrome, or pessimistic attitude, John Sonmez will inspire and motivate you to be your best.
At first I thought this book was only about communicating with people. Then I realized that it's about almost every facet of professional life.
John Sonmez both talks the talk and walks the walk, and he's still incredibly modest and down-to-earth. He never claims his words to be the gospel; he expresses a genuine interest in helping you to become your best self.
Toward the beginning, John Sonmez repeatedly emphasizes the fact that you are always more than just a worker for a company. You should think of yourself as a company who is providing a product, your labor. Therefore you should constantly and heavily invest in making you (and thus your product) better. Take pride in it.
This book is geared toward software developers, but I think 80% of it easily applies to everyone else in the world. Read this book, and take its advice to heart.
"Junior to senior developers should read this"
This book is great listen for software developers from junior to senior level. It's probably one of the rare books on software development you can listen to and not read it.
I've been a software developer for almost 15 years and this book gave me a lot if ideas for next 15 years.
"A new life manual for any software developer"
Just being new to the development world, I wad a bit hesitant when I was recommended to buy a software development book thats not really about software development.
But after getting into the book I completely understood John and his reasons for writing this book, there is a need for it and not enough people are preaching self development in these sort of areas (I come from a mechanical engineering background). He hits the nail on the head on so many topics and his style of writing many small chapters worked a treat as I could small chunk the information in my spare time. He teaches you ways to market yourself, to stay fit, how to handle your finances, how to see yourself as a different person and grow into that person. His background in Software development gave him a great foundation as he could easily convey how he gets his work done and how we can too.
Im excited for a few months time when I relisten to this book and see what else I get from it.
Hes inspired me to write my own blog and Im currently doing his email course on blogging. So hopefully we can connect sometime in the future.
"First audiobook i've ever heard, and the the best!"
Yes, definitely I've learned so much that I'm very excited to listen to it again soon, I'm very sure I'll keep learning a lot more from this book.
I've heard 2 other books so far since i've started with audible, this was unique, because the author is also the reader, so every word has even more meaning than just reading it.
Very clear, very smart, and great advice i've even realize what things I was doing good or bad, and improve my day to day according to those things i've learned
He talks about how important is to always act professional
I just wanted to thank the author for such a great book, it worth it every cent, thank you a lot!
Great book for developers. I have changed the way I earn money as a developer and I am much more healthy thanks John.
"great insights for a developer"
love it great advice for programmers about life, technical perspective, fitness, health, finances, philosophy, etc
"I liked it"
There were many gold nuggets within the book. Covered tons of topics. I like his honesty.
"Great work John."
I picked up this book for completely different reasons but I leave with the necessary knowledge I would have overlooked otherwise. Take a break and read this book. There are some lessons that one would not probably embark upon in a lifetime. I certainly hope I can remember all this. Thank you.
"Many words, little substance"
This book is very information sparse. Each chapter has an introduction, summary, the actual content (which is generally very information sparse), followed by another summary.
You don't really get that much information. Pretty much the entire book could be condensed into a 2 hour informative presentation.
"Worth getting for the additional insights"
I really like the way John presents his content. The best part compared to reading the book is that John includes additional insights and tips that are not in the original text. He doesn't go off on a tangent though and the additional content is well worth listening to.
The extra insights where he goes more in-depth about certain subjects or where he will add extra value by talking about new things he's learnt since the printed version was published.
It made me feel motivated - Not all the techniques and ideas within the book were new to me, but it definitely motivates you to really think about your situation more. It's a book you can listen to multiple times and be motivated by it again and again
Check out John's YouTube channel Simple Programmer if you didn't come from there initially
"Good solid advice, worth multiple listens"
Great book. Good solid advice for anyone in software engineering not just developers. covers a lot of ground with just enough detail to keep you listening and wanting to find out more about the areas under discussion.
Some of the audio recording could be better but didn't take much away from the content.
Well worth a read or listen for anyone in software and the extra content on John's website is good my main criticism is that the style is a bit too get rich quick sales style however the content is worth it.
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