My Personal PD — Writing

One of our core values at CodeHS is “Encourage Teaching and Learning.” We are a company whose product is for teachers and students, but even beyond that, we believe that everyone who works at CodeHS should be learning and always improving themselves.

This Spring, after holding a career checkin with everyone on the team to hear about what their short and long term career goals are, we launched Personal Professional Development OKRs.

These are formalized, specific goals that each employee defines for themselves based on what they want to learn and how they want to grow. By formalizing and publishing them, the rest of the team becomes aware of their goals and can help them in their learning process so they achieve those goals.

Across the team, these include learning new programming languages, reading books, improving as a communicator, exploring design in Photoshop or Sketch, and more.

Mine is to write.

I read a lot and listen even more to learn from other people who have successfully done things that I’m trying to do. These authors influence and shape my thoughts and decisions. I have learned so much from writers like Tim Ferris, Jason Fried, DHH, James Altucher, Alex Turnbull, and from books and blogs like Wait But Why and the First Round blog to just name a few.

I want to become one of the influencers for others, share my experiences, thoughts, and insights, and hopefully it helps people out there learn.

I plan to write about education, programming, starting and running a company, and things we do at CodeHS.

I’ve written some in the past, but I’ve never made it a habit. It doesn’t come naturally to me to just sit down and write, but I’m hoping to improve in that area. My goal is to write more, publish more, and make writing something I do. And if you read any of my posts and like them, please let me know. It will help me keep writing.

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