Meet The Speaker: Asim Hussain
Updated: Feb 13, 2019
As part of our preparations for YGLF 2019 Code Camp we're excited to share with you another interview, in the series of interviews, with this year's amazing speakers. Hear their stories and their professional insights. This time we're with Asim Hussain (@jawache)
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself
In 2017 I joined Microsoft in their brand new Developer Relations team as a Cloud Developer Advocate. Actually... I just got a promotion... I'm now the "Head of European Regional Developer Advocacy at Microsoft" :)
Q: Who is your favourite tech thought leader and why?
This isn't the first time I've been asked this question. Last time was in a live video interview, and I was awkwardly silent for 30 seconds before I gave some vague total B.S. answer. I seem to find it hard to pick one, every time I think of someone I think of someone else who said something just as profound to me!
If we go broader and remove the "tech" and just "thought leader" I have a clear answer for you, super clear. Brene Brown (@BreneBrown). I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that her books have saved my life, I gift them many times a year for people I meet. She's a scientist who studies shame and vulnerability. If there are two words I'd associate with putting yourself out there, on stage, in blog posts, in open source is the shame (of not being good enough) and vulnerability (to attack from others) her books helped me thrive in this space.
Q: What advice would you give yourself at the outset of your career?
- OMG. Write. A. Blog. Post. Every. Month. It's like saving money, after ten years you're blog is worth more than your house.
- Always... always... choose the option of increasing your personal brand over making more money.
But more importantly...
- Chill the fuck out, stop looking for people to hate.
- Start meditating now.
- Start a gratitude journal.
- Take a long look at psychedelics, do your own research, don't believe the hype.
Q: What will you teach us at YGLF Code Camp 2019?
Thank you, Asim!