About 4-years ago, I reached out to Prosper Otemuyiwa, the Co-founder and CTO Eden Life on Instagram to pick his brain on how he skyrocketed his worth as a developer and got companies running after him.
At that time, his Laravel hackathon/MVP boilerplate tool which has over 1.5k stars was gathering momentum and trending, beating Facebook to become the number 2 on the list of top trending PHP developers on Github in 2016.
He's been doing so well for himself and for the developer ecosystem in Nigeria and all around the world in the past years to date.
So, I wanted to share our conversation with you, hopefully, it'll inspire you to be world-class.
Hi, Prosper. What did you do differently that made you one of the most sought-after developers and allowed you to 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.
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.
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 the valuable experience in your pocket that helps fast-track your progress when you eventually launch your company.
How long have you been programming and how did you gain so much experience in programming?
Answer: Unofficially, 7 years. Officially (out-of-school) 4 years.
NB: this was in 2017
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 hard learning to code. Right now, I spend just about 7 - 9 hours coding daily.
Thank you, Prosper for the amazing insight.
In summary, what are your top secrets to becoming the most sought-after developer?
Answer: Be diligent. Have a niche & 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.