Make sure you don’t know what you’re doing (part of the time)

January 10, 2013

Throughout the years, I’ve held many positions at different companies and lately I’ve been reflecting on which ones really made a difference in me growing as a developer, manager, and overall good person to work with (my opinion of course :).

I’ve come to the conclusion that to really grow, you need to put yourself in a position where you don’t know what the **** you’re doing – part of the time.  This means that on some things, you feel confident in your ability to execute and have the experience to make it happen, and part of the time you’re in uncharted territory – being in situations or working on things you’ve never done before.

Feeling 100% confident in your current work?  You’re probably not getting much new knowledge or growing as fast as you can.  Feeling 100% lost in your current work?  You’re probably in way over your head!

So having a little of both is ideal. The actual split – 50/50 or 70/30, etc. depends on your comfort level, but I encourage everyone to seek out a little personal uncharted territory.