Take Responsibility for Your Career and Work on Things You Enjoy with Dan Shappir

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Dan Shappir

Dan Shappir is currently the performance tech lead at Wix.com where he focuses on making their 100 million hosted websites load and execute faster. He is also an international speaker as well as a panelist on the JavaScript Jabber podcast.

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Resources

JavaScript Jabber – Check out the podcast in Apple Podcasts!

JavaScript Jabber – Visit the podcast’s website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) It is up to you to determine the meaning of your own success. Always choose the career path that makes sense for you. We all tend to listen too much to what others think. For example, so many people have switched to management and ended up being extremely unhappy because their role is no longer creative enough for them. If you feel like you are on the wrong path, don´t hesitate to make a change. It is all too easy to wait too long to do that.
2) Enjoy what you are doing. Your job is a big part of your life, so make sure that you like your job. If you don´t, take action and find something that you do enjoy.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

In one of his former roles Dan ended up working with a CEO he could not see eye-to-eye with. Things got so bad that he did not even want to go to work. At the time, he held a very senior position. So, leaving almost inevitably meant taking a step down. Fortunately, his wife was supportive, and he was brave enough to do exactly that. In the end, it turned out to be a good move for him. One that actually gave his career a boost.

Career Highlight

Dan has had quite a few career highlights. Working on products that millions of people use is something he has particularly enjoyed. He also enjoyed working for a small startup that ended up being listed on the NASDAQ by the time he left. In the podcast, he shares details of several more career highlights.

The Future

The fact that every project you work on is to a large extent unique and different is not likely to change in the future. So, a career in I.T. will always be an interesting and fulfilling one.

The Reveal

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

Dan got into computers at a young age. Almost from the start, he wanted to create, rather than play video games so an IT career was a natural fit.

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

One great developer is worth any number of mediocre developers. That advice is what pushed Dan to be the best.

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

Just shut up and do what you are told.

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

Dan would still be a programmer but would probably not do his master’s degree in software again.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Dan is currently working on enhancing his personal brand. In the podcast, he explains how he is doing that.

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

Being interested in what others are doing and having the ability to genuinely connect with them.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Dan makes sure that he is always working on things he enjoys and takes an active rather than a passive role whenever he can do so.

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

Dan and his wife enjoy traveling when they are not doing things with their children. They like live music too.

Contact The Guest

Contact Dan Shappir through the following social media platforms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanShappir

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dShappir/

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