A few days a go, I reached out to Prosper on Instagram and wanted him to share some of his success stories with us. Boom, he accepted. I was happy he obliged. I knew he has something great to share with all of us. We proceeded to an email interview.
Which got more than 500 stars on GitHub beating Facebook to become the number 2 on the list of top trending list of PHP developers in the world in 2016.
More so, Prosper is an ardent open-source believer and preacher —He has spoken in several international dev conferences. He’s giving a lot back to the Dev ecosystem. He’s popularly called Unicodeveloper. In fact, they’re too many things to talk about Prosper. I’ll leave that for another day.
Let’s get started with the interview on how to boost your worth as a developer…
Me: Hi, Prosper, What did you do differently that made you one of the most sort-after developers and allowed you grab the first position as the best and one of the most influential programmers in Nigeria according to GitHub in 2016?
Answer: I literally invaded the Open Source space and was wicked about it. I built a lot of developer tools, started organizing community events & speaking at them. Most importantly, I was aggressively aggressive about my approach to these activities, thus making my name ring a bell in a lot of developers ears.
Question: We hear you receive several job offers from some reputable companies but you declined in the past, is that true? Why?
Answer: Yes I did. I have a goal and I don’t want to be distracted. It’s very easy to fall prey to things that look great in the short run but you have to be very careful. I’m always in for the long run.
Question: Should a developer think of starting their own company or start by working for others? What’s your take on this?
Answer: There are no hard and fast rules. We have developers that started their companies right from the school dormitory and have been successful e.g Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. However, working for others before starting up your own company puts valuable experience in your pocket that helps fast-track your progress when you eventually launch your company.
Question: How long have you been programming and how did you gain so many experiences in programming?
Answer: Unofficially, 7 years. Officially (out-of-school) 4 years.
Question: How many hours do you spend learning to code back in the days and now?
Answer: It’s hard to quantify this. Back in the days, I spent literally almost every free time I had learning to code. Right now, I spend just about 7 – 9 hours coding daily.
You’ve given us a lot of powerful insights. I feel Overwhelmed right now.
In summary, what are your top secrets to becoming the most sort after developer?
Answer: Be diligent. Have a niche and be great at it. Build tools that developers find really difficult to ignore. An extra tip would be to put yourself out there, e.g Speak at Conferences, contribute to open source, write about your coding/learning experiences/
Tony Robbins said:
Consider these tips, I’m sure they’ll help you get better as a software developer and of course and get clients running after you.
Prosper is someone I and other thousands of developers around the world respect so much. I charge you to copy his successes and try to do better.
Follow this link to connect with Prosper –> http://www.prosperotemuyiwa.com/
Did you enjoy this post? We’ve got more coming subscribe to be the first to know.
Here is one of our recent articles: How to start your software company with no money.