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I struggle with this often: I KNOW I'm not as smart/talented/capable as other people think I am, especially at programming. I haven't been programming for that long, and it takes me an hour to write something that should take me 10 minutes to write.

However, my skills continue to amaze my peers (who are all non-technical) and they think I'm a genius because I can build a web site with a login form, or register a domain name.

It's really hard to reconcile the two things, especially since, eventually I will be a 'real' programmer, but I still won't think I'm any good.

That being said, it drives me crazy when people call themselves an 'expert' in everything. Just because you read a book, and wrote a few blog posts doesn't make you an expert!




Just because you read a book, and wrote a few blog posts doesn't make you an expert!

Or it does make you an expert, but "expert" doesn't mean what we think it means. ;-)


My dad always said that "x is an unknown quantity, and a spurt is a drip under pressure".

I tend to take self-professed "experts" with a grain of salt.




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