John Sonmez

Entrepreneur

Simple Programmer

Find me online:

“I help developers improve technically, become better people, and enjoy their lives more.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Entrepreneur

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of HELPING PEOPLE and the interests of TECHNOLOGY and EDUCATION.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

The day would start off with going for a run or going to the gym. On a great day, I'd come back and check the stats to see that we're getting a good number of views and comments on my YouTube videos, that we've made some product sales overnight, and that we've received some positive emails. Then I'd get to work on something new, whether it be a YouTube video, a podcast, a book, or a new product. My perfect day is any day where I get to use my abilities to create something awesome.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

The most important thing that you can learn (in ANY field, not just computer science) is this: you need to learn how to learn. Everyone has access to an infinite amount of information in this day and age, so once you know how to teach yourself that information, you've got the key that can open any door.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Entrepreneur

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School

What I studied RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - American Sentinel University, Computer Science

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN HIGH SCHOOL

What you have to realize early on is that success isn't going to be easy: Michael Phelps has days where he doesn't feel like jumping into the pool, but guess what? He does it anyways. So start building the habits that are going to give you the perseverance and mental toughness to go after your passions and pursue them relentlessly-it can start with something as small as reading a great set of books! People don't fail because they have bad ideas; they fail because they don't follow through.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY PEERS

“You're going to fail. You're not going to make it.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

The only way to avoid criticism is to "say nothing, do nothing and be nothing," and that's no way to live. So get ready, because along every step of the way, you're going to hear some discouragement, and the more successful you become, the more haters you acquire. I've gotten to a point where I can recognize that discouragement comes from a place of insecurity, so I try to reach out to my critics and help them out. As a result, I've turned some of my worst critics into my biggest fans.

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