As soon as you realize that, you naturally will seek control over your life. And you can definitely get some control.
Before we jump into that, I have a question for you: why did you start programming?
I bet, you either wanted to write games, or create fun projects, or build something useful for other people. In other words, you wanted to mess with systems. Some people call the process of messing with systems engineering.
One of our goals at Metadevelopment is to teach you how to apply Engineering to your life.
Here is a definition of Engineering from Wikipedia:
Engineering is the creative application of science, mathematical methods, and empirical evidence to the innovation, design, construction, operation and maintenance of structures, machines, materials, devices, systems, processes, and organizations.
And a plot twist: your life and career are systems too. And we, as engineers, can control those systems.
Engineering gives us an educated way of acting to reduce the chance of failure.
Engineers can be distinguished from other professions by their ability to solve complex problems and implement solutions in cost effective and practical ways. This ability to face a problem, work through various thoughts and abstract ideas and then translating them into reality is what is so exciting about engineering.
What about Metadevelopment?
We create an environment which will enhance you and set you up for your personal success. We do that by applying engineering principles and positive psychology:
ASK: We analyse the personal context and problems our members want to solve by asking questions and nudging you to share your success and failures.
IMAGINE: We collect, filter and reframe ideas, models, tools and approaches to solve problems you may encounter.
PLAN: We help to figure out priorities and the next steps towards your goals.
CREATE: We create content for our members to experiment with the tools and ideas, facilitating the first small steps and fast initial results.
TEST: We help to test the tools and ideas in your own context. Our members discuss the results and share their own findings.
IMPROVE: Our ultimate goal is to show you the framework you can apply day to day to improve your own life.
We put a lot of emphasis on your own efforts. You will need to apply analytical skills to your own context and yourself. You also will need to apply critical thinking to all the information and tools you find here.
We do our best to find the essential ideas and practices and we value feedback and elimination of blind spots. This is where our community is unbelievably helpful.
What about you?
Your ultimate goal is to create a low-maintenance system of constant growth of your resources. With this in mind, you will need to concentrate not on controlling every aspect of your life, but on controlling exceptional events: gauging up the chances of success and minimizing risks.
To start designing your life and career, focus on lifestyle:
- What is your perfect lifestyle?
- Have you ever calculated the cost of your lifestyle?
- Do you know that you are actually paying a lot for convenience?
- Do you know people with a similar lifestyle?
- Do you know strategies which can bring you closer to your dream?
You can start applying Engineering Design Process to your own day-to-day life.