I am the worst developer on our team. It doesn’t mean I’m bad, it just means the others are great.

“Never be the smartest person in the room.” — Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Inc.

Everybody uses that quote to talk about sustaining personal growth. But they don’t mention how hard it is to be the most inexperienced person in the room.

In 2015, I had been working under our lead developer for about a year. Our team dynamic was great. He had experience that I lacked, but we were in the same boat — learning a lot. I gained confidence watching him struggle through problems, knowing that someday I’d be able to tackle those exact same problems. He taught me skills and . . .

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I’m pretty close to legally blind. Without some sort of corrective lenses I’m helpless. Just ask my wife—trying to show me anything after I’ve popped my contacts out at the end of the day is an exercise in futility.

One comfort I take in my blindness is that I’m not alone. Millions of people, probably even billions, suffer from some kind of impaired eye-sight. And many, like me, choose to wear contacts to make life a little clearer.

Contacts are awesome. I still remember the first day I put down my coke-bottle glasses and popped them in. Eight grade. Glorious. In a moment I became a little less of a dork. Contacts were my new best friends.

But with my new-found friends came the daily . . .

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