I have a love hate relationship with my propensity to volunteer to do things before I might be 100% (or even 50%) ready. On the one hand I love a challenge and the learning that it forces me to do. On the other hand I hate the stress and the ups and downs of impostor syndrome it induces.
I was speaking about React Native and the current state of mobile development however the thing I enjoyed most about it was the welcoming nature of the audience. There were people I spoke to before and after that had more experience than I did using the framework. That didn’t matter though! They were still happy to hear my thoughts and experiences with React Native, as well as some jokes aimed mostly at myself but also at Apple and its restrictive development policies. I even had a comment on my instagram about how you don’t see much web dev on a Windows box these days.
All this to say, do what you do and do it with passion. People respond to this and no one knows everything. We need to make sure we encourage each other to put our ideas out there because everyone has to have a first time. One of the main themes of a few of the other talks was that of breaking out of the negativity and “Culture of Contempt” that many of us (including me) can be guilty of. Our profession is that of continuous learning and any code we write today is not a reflection of who you are but of your thought process in that moment. It’s nothing more, so let’s be kinder to each other!
To see my presentation complete with slide show malfunction right at the end watch below!