Trying Out Utah Politics with Chuck Wood

Trying Out Utah Politics with Chuck Wood

Reflecting On The Amsterdam Developers Conference and Utah Politics:

Charles Max Wood is a coach and podcast host at Top End Devs. He’s building a system to help developers advance their careers by building their skills, personal brands, and networks. He’s been podcasting about programming since 2008. He lives in Utah with his wife and 5 children.

Chuck is also the author of “The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job.” The podcasts he produces reach more than 80,000 developers every week.


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Timestamped Show Notes:

8:55 – I was already the vice chair of the county party. I took a leave of absence for three weeks and ran for office and then I didn’t win. So now I’m back doing my prior role, so I’ve always kind of been in the political space. I’ve got people talking to me now about running for office next year. I don’t know if I have another campaign in me.

16:40 – Now, one thing that our politicians in Utah do, though, is they want to show people they’re doing stuff. So the last two or three days of the legislative session, they suspend the rules, and they’ll pass like two or 300 bills in two or three days, which is nuts, because it’s like, look, you haven’t read them. 

18:30 – I don’t want to discount either the people who are just out there trying to live their life. I mean, if you’re running a business, if you’re out there, you’re contributing to the world in a way that you’re good at, and you get paid for. I mean, you’re making a difference, too. 

28:25 – Back to that idea of balance again. I don’t I hate the word balanced, because people think of it as okay, I’ve got six things I’m trying to do. So I’m trying to keep the thing centered. I don’t think that’s realistic. But recognize what you’re sacrificing over here to make progress over here. So that you don’t ruin this column to gain in this column.

48:00 – I just finished phase one. Honestly, 30 days of phase one was harder than 75 days of 75 Hard. I’m doing phase two right after Thanksgiving. Because you have to wait 30 days, between phases. If you fail during those 30 days, there’s no penalty, right? So are you going to do it just because? It’s funny because some of the stuff like I’m not working out twice a day anymore, I just follow my regimen. I have a program that gives me workouts for my triathlon next year. I’m gonna do a half Ironman, that’s my goal next year. So if there’s one workout in the day, that’s all I’m doing, right? But the deal is, is if you slack off some are you disciplined enough when it matters to kick it back in? So 30 days is enough time to really get out of the habit if you’re not going to stick to it.

52:00 – Final Words


Our Final Words of the Show:

Well, it’s interesting, because I was talking to somebody earlier today, and they pointed out that the market is tough, right? The dev market has just been for the people that are out there. You know, some of them have kind of been coasting, you know, got pretty comfortable. Then all of a sudden, the market is not as great you see stuff start to soften up. You see a bunch of people getting laid off. I mean, when we’re talking about this level of personal excellence and stuff like that, it, it really comes down to if you’re doing the work consistently, to improve, and are you doing the right things consistently. For developers, it’s building your skills, building your network, and building your personal brand. 


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