What I’ve Learned About Helping Out Whenever I Can
Conferences are hot for designers and developers nowadays. I’ll admit I got caught with the bug as well, but obviously for good reason. Conferences are awesome venues for connecting with others and sharing experiences with people who are passionate about the same things you are.
A few months ago, there was a small web design conference in my area at the time and I remember missing an event or two because a good friend of mine needed some help. He was trying to get his professional start in development going and he wanted me to give hime some advice.
He was blown away as I started showing him a few tricks that I use when I work. I found it funny because these things I was showing him had become part of my every day routine. When I first started developing, it wasn’t always this way. A couple of years ago I clearly remember being scared as hell even having the command line open in fear that I would break something by simply hitting the enter key by mistake.
You would think this goes without saying, but one of the stigmas designers and developers have in our industry, no matter how low they may be down the experience list, is that we tend to be full of ourselves. You don’t have to be a headline speaker to give some advice. If someone needs help, help them out. Don’t be a jerk. I missed that talk, but spending time with my friend to help him figure out some things was worth skipping out.
I couldn’t help thinking to myself that I wouldn’t be where I am today without someone taking the time out to show me how to do certain things. I still can’t believe how far I’ve come and how much I’ve grown professionally. But one thing is certain, no matter how much you level up, you’ll alway run into someone who is currently where you’ve been a few years ago. I remember texting my senior later on that and thanking him for showing me the important of process.
I couldn’t ask for a more humbling experiences and I don’t think I’m stopping anytime soon.