Making Yourself a CEO She got a big booty so I call her Big Booty.—2 Chainz, Birthday Song The other day, a friend of mine asked me whether CEOs were born or made. I said, “That’s kind of like asking if Jolly Ranchers are grown or made. CEO is a very unnatural job.” After saying it and seeing the surprised look on his face, I realized that perhaps it wasn’t as obvious as I’d originally thought. After thinking further, I realized that most people actually assume the opposite—CEOs are born not made.
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Back in October I wrote an essay in which I compared programming to other professions. In it, I made the unsubstantiated claim that programming is unusual, in that most programmers don't practice their craft -- at least, not in any disciplined or regular way. Those are, of course, fightin' words, so I figured I'd write a bit more about it. This essay is a sort of mini-manual about practicing to be a better programmer. What exactly does it mean to practice becoming a better programmer? Well, of course the boring dictionary definition is: "To do or perform something repeatedly in order to acquire or polish a skill." practicing-programming - steveyegge2