I recently listened to an episode of Syntax where Wes Bos talks about his story so far. If you don’t know, Wes Bos is a software engineer and entrepreneur who has thousands of students (including me) in his web development courses. Here are 3 of my takeaways from his story.
- Do what you’re excited about and run with it. This is something Wes says outright near the end of the podcast, and you hear this theme throughout his story. He loved computers and also became excited about helping people learn. He kept following his curiosity with both of these things and now teaches online coding courses to thousands of people. This reminds me of a post I wrote after listening to a different podcast where T.K Coleman talks about being irresponsibly curious. Instead of trying to be well-rounded or plan for exactly what you’re going to do, keep following your curiosity. Run with what you’re excited about and see where it leads.
- Embrace what’s unique about you. At one point Wes talks about when he wanted to get more into teaching. He says, “I remember thinking, ‘I need to study how teachers teach. But then I thought, what if I just explained it how I understand it?” Today, Wes Bos’s online courses are known and loved for his quirky and hilarious personality. One of the reasons why I buy his courses is I not only do I know he explains things clearly, I also know I’ll be laughing while learning. Instead of trying to be like other people or studying how one person does something, think about what’s unique about you and how you can bring that to what you do.
- Share what you do. Wes describes how powerful it’s been for him to share what he was learning or doing. Wes got into teaching at Ladies Learning To Code from blogging about WordPress. He was blogging about the sublime text and those blogs got incredibly popular. After publishers started knocking at his door about his Sublime blog posts, he then released a book on sublime text and continued on from there. So many opportunities come from sharing with others what you’re doing.