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How to Make Coding Both Your Hobby and Profession with Jason Lengsdorf @ CityJS Conf 2024

Join us backstage at CityJS Conf for this conversation with Jason Lengsdorf. In this discussion, we explore strategies for reducing stress and anxiety among engineers, ensuring they maintain relevance in the dynamic world of coding. Jason emphasizes the importance of self-assurance and the role of play in fostering continual engagement with evolving technologies. Moreover, we get a sneak peek into Jason's latest venture, "Web Lunch," a platform where he converses with developers who have found harmony between their careers and personal satisfaction.

Coding isn't just a job; it's a passion and a lifestyle. Jason highlights the significance of pursuing work that excites and challenges us, echoing the sentiment that coding can be both a career and a hobby. By infusing enjoyment and creativity into our coding endeavors, we can shape our professional trajectories in alignment with our values and interests. This approach not only minimizes regret but also maximizes happiness and fulfillment in our careers.

Central to our discussion is the pivotal role of effective leadership in creating a supportive and encouraging work environment. Leaders who prioritize the well-being and happiness of their team members foster a culture of collaboration and empowerment. Through mentorship, guidance, and opportunities for growth, these leaders enable developers to align their personal goals with organizational objectives, leading to increased job satisfaction and professional fulfillment.

Adaptability is key to sustained success in software engineering. Jason emphasizes the value of remaining open-minded and continuously learning, even when it means stepping out of our comfort zones. Embracing discomfort is an integral part of personal growth, allowing us to overcome obstacles and unlock our full potential. By nurturing a spirit of curiosity and adaptability, developers can navigate the complexities of their careers with resilience and enthusiasm.

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