Screw Gatekeepers!

In case you were wondering what I mean by Gatekeepers, let me explain. Gatekeepers are those folks in various industries who try to stop other people from entering into that line of work or industry. Gatekeepers suck!. These folks are so miserably dependent on the success they have achieved that they feel threatened when someone else aspires for the same greatness they have once enjoyed.

You would find Gatekeepers in the movie Industry. Trying to tell you how you cannot make it as an Indie producer or director because you have not attended X college of arts or because you don’t know X celebrity. You would find Gatekeepers in the publishing industry that will tell you how lacking of ideas your new book is. Purely because you are a new kid on the block. But I am mainly upset with Gatekeepers in the software industry. These ones just get on every last nerve I have with their nay-saying attitude to new developers or wannabe developers.

I once heard of a blog post where someone said Coding is not the same thing as programming. According to the person, coding is easy because it is just typing code while programming is problem-solving. On the surface, this might make sense but on further exploration of these statements, I find it purely nonsensical. First of all the author of the blog post tries to refer to programming as some task which can only be accomplished by ‘super-humans’. Secondly, I have never heard of any programmer who just began to type code without at least first thinking of what they intended to achieve. This is one example of a Gatekeeper. Imagine reading that post as a beginner developer or wannabe developer. That would mess with your brains, right? Because you would think you probably aren’t doing this coding thing right.

First of all the author of the blog post tries to refer to programming as some task which can only be accomplished by ‘super-humans’. Secondly, I have never heard of any programmer who just began to type code without at least first thinking of what they intended to achieve. This is one example of a Gatekeeper. Imagine reading that post as a beginner developer or wannabe developer. That would mess with your brains, right? Because you would think you probably aren’t doing this coding thing right.

Gatekeepers often feel a level of superiority over others because they feel they are better. Maybe, based on years of experience or level of education. There are some software developers with advanced university degrees that do not consider developers that graduated from boot-camps as real developers.

Gatekeepers like to think until you become like them you cannot achieve success. This is a lie and you should not let yourself buy into this crap. Believe me, you can achieve anything you set your mind to as long as you are willing to pay the price. Don’t let the gatekeepers tell you what you can or cannot do. By-pass the gatekeepers and go straight for the kill. If you want to make a movie go ahead and make one. Never mind who thinks you can or cannot. If you want to publish a book go ahead. Write and publish your book. Thank God there are self-publishing platforms online these days so who needs a gatekeeper? Finally, if you want to become a software developer just go for it. Never mind your age, qualifications or limitations. These days you can learn to code without setting foot in a College or University. These days you have Youtube, Udemy, Pluralsight, Treehouse,

Finally, if you want to become a software developer just go for it. Never mind your age, qualifications or limitations. These days you can learn to code without setting foot in a College or University. These days you have Youtube, Udemy, Pluralsight, Treehouse, Codecourse. Infact the list of websites where you can learn to code is endless. I know a lot of self-taught developers who are doing really well in their careers.

In conclusion, I say to the misfits. To the square pegs in round holes. To those who refuse to be defined by how society defines them.To those hungry for success. Go for it!

To the Gatekeepers and the elitists who think they are superior. Screw you!

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