I was listening to Episode 16 of the Entreprogrammers podcast this morning and one of their conversations really got to me.
They were talking about how developers expect to get everything for free, and I think this really is true, even for me.
Deep down I think this is because we are all creators at heart. Whether you’re working on an open-source project, working for a big company, or just writing some code in your spare time, what we are really doing is creating something for someone else to use.
Since we are creating something for someone else, we feel like the tools we use to “provide the world with our greatness” should be free. Let us make the world a better place, right?
But the thing is, someone has to be making tools for us to use to create, and we have to support them in order for our lives to be easier. In fact, these people probably feel the same way. They’re spending their time creating something for someone else to use.
In the end, we all want to get paid. I’ve got a day job to make money, and I like to work on side-projects (hopefully to make money).
And one more note to mention is that your employer likes productivity. If they can spend $20 or even a few hundred dollars to save you time, they are actually making money if it increases your productivity. So don’t be afraid to ask your boss or IT department to buy something for you, I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to if you explain the pros and how much time it can save you.
So, here’s my challenge:
Spend some money today.
Pick one or two of the things that really help you, and contribute some monetary investment into them, even if it’s only $10 or $20. Let me know who you supported and why in the comments below.
Here’s what I bought today:
Bought Nathan Barry’s book Authority – $99
I’ve been reading Nathan Barry’s blog for a long time, and it’s what finally got me off my ass to begin writing this blog and I’m thinking of writing a book. That’s $99 well spent in my opinion, plus the book has some really great advice that I think is going to help me along my journey.
Had my employer buy the Sublime Text SFTP Plugin – $20
I’ve been using this plugin for 3 years. I was still on the free trial and get a popup window asking me to buy about every 5 file saves. Not only is that annoying, but if I haven’t gotten $20 worth of value out of this in 3 years, I would have deleted it by now. This plugin drastically improves my productivity at work, so I talked to my IT manager and had them buy me a license.
Reached out to Derick Bailey to send him a monetary thank you – $20
I finally paid for Adobe Creative Cloud – $49/month
Let’s be real for a minute. I’m pretty sure that the Adobe software suite is probably one of the most stolen pieces of software in history. In fact, I was admittedly on that bandwagon. After all I’m a developer, and I probably don’t use the suite as much as designers. However, there is no doubt in my mind that this software is amazing, and I’ve started to use it more and more. So I bit the bullet and signed up for their full product line at $49/month.
Now, I probably went a little overboard for one day, but you get the point. These are all people or software that have contributed to my personal development as a programmer.
What are you waiting for? Get out there and spend some money to show someone you support them or their product.