what do people think of you?

So today was a normal day. Everything is bouncing along ok. Productivity is up and things are going smooth. Then a co-worker comes over to chit-chat about random things. He asks me if I have read a blog entry relating to development, which i hadn’t, and then tells me I should read it because “[blogger guys name] is the smartest guy I know next to you.”

Now, I am a modest person. I don’t go spouting off that I know anything and everything. I don’t feel comfortable claiming intelligence because a.) you then become more accountable for things and b.) you then become the first source to ask about things. i.e. lazy people will start asking you everything.

After he said that I thought, and said, I don’t know how to take that. Was he joking around? How serious was he? Have I given off the totally wrong impression of myself? Maybe my peers think I am a cocky douche-bag. I don’t want to be that guy, we already have one of those in the office. I just want to be me. But what is that?

Anyway, apparently I am thought of higher than I might think I am. But in this instance I cannot help but to think back of a conversation I had with another co-worker talking about the douche-bag. It basically went like the D-bag doesn’t know what he doesn’t know which made him a junior developer despite his x years of service as a contractor. So I got to thinking, what does it mean if you don’t know what you DO know? To which my colleague said, that means your a junior developer. So I posted myself as a junior developer. It’s only fair. I have only been developing for work for a 14 months and anything before that for 3 and a half years was just personal tinkering where I wasn’t bound by any specific regulations or deadlines.

So here I am, Junior Developer that is second among brains to this Microsoft employee on the MVC team. how do you like that?

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