Stop Fearing Failure and Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable with Aimee Knight

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Aimee Knight

Aimee Knight is a software architect at Tuft and Needle, specialising in JS, React and CSS.  She is also a Google Developer Advocate for Web Technologies, a panellist on the JavaScript Jabber podcast and n international keynote speaker.

In this episode, Phil and Aimee Knight discuss how not being afraid to fail and becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable improves your career prospects. Aimee shares how she learned as a young athlete to focus and stop wasting her mental energy. A way of working that greatly increases what you can accomplish.

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2 Top Career Tips

1) Become comfortable with being uncomfortable. The people who succeed in the IT industry are the ones that work outside their comfort zone. Overcoming your fear of failure is one of the greatest catalysts in your life.
2) Aimee, once again, recommends getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and learning not to fear failure. Pick something and work at until you are so good that you can’t be ignored. You should develop the talents you already have to their maximum, but also not be afraid to try new things.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Like so many people before her Aimee ended up inadvertently deleting production data. That was even after it had gone through PR review and been approved. It was restored fairly quickly, but it was not a good career moment.

Career Highlight

Landing a job at MPM was a highlight. Working on developer tooling and with a team she looked up to was for Aimee, a particularly exciting point of her career, a highlight. Other highlights have included being a keynote speaker at conferences and having the chance to mentor others.

The Future

The way technology is now being used to help drive decisions is especially interesting and exciting. Aimee is also pleased to see the barriers to entry into the IT industry falling away. This is leading to people from diverse backgrounds entering the field. This, in turn, is changing the directions in which the technologies go.

The Reveal

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

Aimee has always had a thirst for knowledge, so the fact that you had to be a constant learner to thrive in IT was attractive to her.

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

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Learning to do this has helped Aimee to achieve a lot in a short period of time.

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

To succeed in the IT as a woman you have to act like a b*.*. Aimee did not follow this advice yet has been able to progress quickly in the industry.

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

Aimee probably would have focused on the architecture rather than the front end.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Aimee wants to dig deeper into the architecture side of things. She is also helping with onboarding and doing more mentoring.

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

Learning at an early age to make effective use of her mental energy.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Aimee works at staying focused and finds that being a mentor keeps her more energized.

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

Aimee runs around 40 miles per week and goes lifting, after work, with her boyfriend.

Contact The Guest

Contact Aimee Knight through the following social media platforms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aimee_Knight

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aimee-knight-b268058/

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