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Share your wins or fails of the week

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Rahul Pandey (Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei)a month ago

Fixed a tricky bug, got promoted, or landed an interview? Tell us!!

Stuck in code review hell, got ghosted by recruiters, or rejected for promo? We want to hear about that too!

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    SWE @ Govt
    a month ago

    Fails:

    • Failed a mock interview for meta to the point that simple addition was a nigh impossible task

    • Showed up 10 minutes late to a meeting to meet my new manager whilst WFH due to stress based insomnia

    Wins:

    • Previous govt job's CIO responded back to me on an innovation I made whilst there that could improve upskilling for 25k staff and could lead to a positive impact 4 the aus public
    • Google AI researcher working on Indigenous language research responded to back to me after I followed up (my first correspondence got lost!)
    • Made new friends! šŸ¤ 
    • Reached 150 github stars on a project!
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    Rahul Pandey [OP]
    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    a month ago

    Fails:

    • Have not made as much progress as I wanted in a blog post about tech career terminology. Haven't done enough deep work in the mornings.

    Wins:

    • Hit 100K subscribers on YouTube!
    • Woke up early and did a workout class this morning
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    Team Lead (people manager) at Mistplay
    a month ago

    Here is a story from the last sixth months: I was advocating for a new project and organized a 3 person call with the CTO and a product VPā€¦ and they were both there waiting when I showed up to it five minutes late. I stumbled through an apology several times over before beginning and they both smiled but I strongly do NOT recommend doing this.

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    Mid-Level Software Engineer at OC10 Inc
    a month ago

    Fails:

    • Learning Curve: Struggling to adapt to new technologies , especially when they involve a steep learning curve, slowing down productivity.

    • Ice cream, my sweet nemesis. Tried to resist its creamy charm, but alas, the freezer won the battle. Ice cream: 1, Willpower: 0. šŸ¦šŸ˜…

    Wins:

    • Established a consistent routine of morning strength training this week.
    • Successfully submitted the college application within stipulated deadlines this week.
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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    a month ago

    Fails:

    • I gotta stop being on Reddit before I go to bed, arghhhhh
    • The IRS doesn't understand how RSUs work so they think I owe them ~$51,000 in back taxes. Maybe they should use Taro? I guess that's not something I control though

    Wins:

    • I've been getting back into posting regularly on LinkedIn, and I recently returned to 1 million+ post views for the week
    • I held Office Hours a few days ago after a long hiatus, and it was really fun! I gotta hold more of those
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    Senior Software Engineer at Late Stage Startup
    a month ago

    Fails

    • Agreeing to lead a project before I fully understood what it was
    • Signing up for a live evening class in PST time from the East Coast

    Wins

    • Starting on a new team with an amazing manager
    • Joining Sr to Staff course!
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    Senior Software Engineer at Intuit (Ex-Netflix)
    a month ago

    Fails

    • Working on super easy non-important tasks as work last two sprints. Felt less important/ not valued.
    • Ate disgusting junk food at 10 pm while scrolling Blind

    Wins

    • because of easy work, I covered 19 Jira points while working 4 days a week šŸ˜„
    • Consistently worked out
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    Senior Software Engineer at Zoom
    a month ago

    Fails:

    • Inconsistent sleep patterns leading to a not-very-productive week at work.

    • Not deciding on certain matters that left me in a state of limbo

    Wins:

    • Achieved a certification(PCA)
    • Decided to prioritize my health and get back on my A-Game at work.
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    Machine Learning Engineer 2 at Expedia Group
    a month ago

    Fails: Not much deep work. Ate 6 mini cupcakes at once, because of personal setback. Failed on a goal I was looking forward to for 3 months. No proper reading of tech blogs.

    Wins: Started getting up early in the morning to get more work/study done. Consistent gym for 2 years. Made new friends in life, conducted Taro meet-up. Improving my life-long negative behavioral patterns.

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    Software Engineer [L3] at LinkedIn
    a month ago

    Fails:

    • I am trying to disambiguate a big project. While I brought a lot new discoveries, I was not able to make enough progress on one core exploration.

    Success:

    • Worked out for 4 days this week (target is 5 days but considering 4 also as success).
    • For the discoveries I brought from the project I mentioned above, I was able to dig a bit deeper and come up with multiple proposals. This helped the team to not stay blocked and make progress.
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    Software Engineer @ Reliance
    a month ago

    Fails:

    • Stayed up late a lot

    • Reached the quarter-finals in a table tennis tournament, lost because of amateur mistakes

    • Didn't schedule any mock interviews, so I couldn't validate my skills

    Wins:

    • Solved 2 problems daily, achieving 60 in a month
    • Read, System Design Interview: An Insider's Guide while commuting from work
    • On top of my finances
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    Mid-Level Software Engineer at Workday
    a month ago

    Fails:

    • My savings :( - I have to rely on my RSU now to pay back some payments
    • Not following up on my goals to write more and learn more

    Wins: