Embrace the suck: An Infantryman's guide to becoming a better developerType: Lightning Talk
Tags: Development, Personal Growth, Culture, Wellness, Mental Health "Dude, sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something."
---Jake the Dog
Anybody who has ever under taken a physically demanding task knows that physical feats are not driven by strength, they are driven by our will. For me this revelation came in the Army. I figured out early on that no matter what happened to my body, if I could endure mentally I would survive. I learned to embrace the suck, that pain is only weakness leaving the body and that my attitude directly correlated to what my day was going to be like. This belief was put to a real test about nine years ago. I almost lost my legs and arguably my life in Iraq. But as my belief dictated, I survived.
As web devs we are almost never confronted with physically demanding tasks yet we still view problems the same way. We think if we try hard enough, if we want it enough, if we spend enough time, then a solution will present itself. We tackle a bug in our code the same way an athlete would tackle a physical limitation. We fail to realize it is not our bodies that are quitting on us, it is our brains.
In this talk I will discuss the importance of retraining our minds to allow for failure. I will reshape the idea you have of what it is to preserver and I hope to equip you with the tools necessary to not just survive the suck but to thrive in it.