People Are Paying You To Solve a Problem with Eric Matthes

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Eric Matthes

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Eric Matthes, author of Python Crash Course, the world’s best-selling guide to the Python Programming Language, published in 2015. He is also the author of Python Flash Cards for learners of all ages as well as a completely non-tech book, The Road to Alaska. Eric talks about always remembering that people are interested in having problems solved, rather than technical brilliance displayed. He also discusses the importance of reflection ,and how we should take time regularly to realign and build on our successes.


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Python Crash Course – Click on the link to download and check out the book! – Click on the link to check out Eric’s website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) People are paying not to have code written, but to have real problems solved. We must remember this when we begin to solve a problem on someone’s behalf. Remember the problem being solved.
2) A career is more than a job. When you can, reflect upon the journey that you’ve taken and do what you need to do in order to build on your path so far.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Eric interviewed for a position that he totally unqualified for, and didn’t realise until the six-person interview panel were interrogating him.

Career Highlight

The success of Python Crash Course is a huge source of pride and inspiration. It took far longer to produce that suspected, but the achievement of finishing was worth it.

The Future

Eric looks forward to using technology in a far more positive way, in order to build a better world. Tech has been used far too often for nefarious means. It’s time to use it for good.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Learning to program on a kit computer as a child, and creating his first applications.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Make connections between the various areas that you learn about.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

To be quiet and do as you are told. If you do this, you’ll be taken advantage of.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Eric would focus more upon the ways in which workers are being exploited, especially at the birth of their careers.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Eric wishes to focus upon the opportunities that have arisen through Python Crash Course.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Running in the woods with bears!

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Eric realizes the value of time, and so focusses mainly on projects that are transformative.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Time with family, hiking, climbing, fishing and hunting.

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