You are responsible for your success. Always seek additional training and networking opportunities.
No level of experience or know-how can cover up a lack of professionalism. To get ahead, you must be mission-focused, accountable and committed to innovation. In the book, The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers (Prentice Hall/available now), author Robert C. Martin stresses that being a total pro is more about attitude than it is about talent. A positive outlook is cultivated over years, with contributing factors being the amount of training, networking, collaboration, and mentoring you’re willing to incorporate into your routine. And don’t forget about the need to take care of yourself physically and mentally, Martin stresses. While the book is primarily written for programmers, it provides insights for any worker. Ultimately, Martin reveals that qualities such as honor, self-respect, pride, clarity and a strong work ethic can make you an indispensable part of any company. Martin is a veteran programmer and prolific technology writer/author. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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