When I started my career I started with a resume full of things like: Teaching English, Bartending, and Lifeguarding. Not one bit of development to show.
It was soul-crushing sending so many applications and hearing nothing.
I got focused on my whole approach to applying to jobs. I built a system that slowly but steadily got me more
and more interviews to the point that I was getting a call every time I applied.
Within six months I had my first job!
Two more interesting things happened as I bounced from job to job. A friend told me to think about my job as a way to get the lifestyle I want. A manager told me that every time I skip negotiating I leave money on the table.
I incorporated these two pieces into my approach to taking jobs. Within three years I tripled my salary. Now I have my own business where I make almost 10x what I started making, and I negotiated at least $10,000 at each job along the way.
A few years ago I wondered if others could do what I do. My very first student said this:
"3 months ago I landed a dream job working on a product that I had already used and loved for the better part of a decade with a salary that I would have laughed at if you told me five years ago. It would be an understatement to say that I worked hard for all of this, but it is also completely true that none of this would have been possible without the ways that Ryan poured into me."