I usually find time to learn and test new languages and technologies but that doesn't mean I actually know them, at least not according to my knowledge table index
I mean, I only consider to know a certain technology when I actually spend time on it on a production project or even on something less serious but yet with some practical meaning.
If I only read some articles or watched some training videos on Pluralsight I don't consider my self actually knowing about it. Sure I have a pretty good idea of the potential, the features but there are a lot of stuff beyond that.
So to summarize, I read a lot, I always thy to keep myself on top of the new trends, but I don't really consider myself as knowing all that stuff.
TICK Nothing - I already know more than 3 programming languages.
TICK Not enough time (either at work or in my spare time)
Not enough incentive.
TICK I simply haven't seen another language I want to learn
Simply no desire to learn another language.
But I can't do that...
Ideological Purity is no substitute for being able to stick your thumb down a pipe to stop the water
Is really the lamest excuse I've ever heard. And unfortunately I hear it way to often.
A day has 24 hours, 8 are spent sleeping, 8 at work, which leaves another 8 of which some are spent on chores, food, hygiene, wife, kids, dog... Which almost always leaves you at least 1 hour to do exactly as you want. And lots of people spent it not learning a new language because "they have no time". Actually, you had plenty and you spent it doing the things I just said. You just don't have enough incentive to spent that time learning a new language! Weekends may also be great to learn new stuff. Don't tell me your weekends are packed with all this stuff you HAVE to do so you can't learn a new language, because it probably isn't.
Sure, I understand it's not very brave to say "well, I just don't want to learn a new language bad enough", but that is really just how it is!
Most people that say "I have no time" do have time to watch a movie, have band practice, have time to visit friends and family, have time to work out a few times a week...
I have time, so I ticked "not enough incentive". I want to, but still somehow I don't. I'd rather watch a movie, play a game or learn new stuff in the language I already know
I never thought I had enough time to learn and develop when I was single. Then I got married and had less time. I still thought I didn't have enough time, then I had kids and I had even less time. Then my job took more of my time and I really thought I had no time. Yet, I was still able to go back to get my degree (full time online while working a 60+ hour a week job, wife, kids, etc.) and get perfect marks while doing so.
Now when I start to think I have no time, I just smile. There is always time, it is just a matter of how you choose to spend it. If you spend an hour a day watching TV, you could spend an hour a day improving yourself instead.
Personally, I watch training videos while I clean the dishes. I also listen to audiobooks while driving and doing other mindless tasks. Finally, I spend time each day studying after my wife and kids are in bed. It means less sleep for me, but the end result is that I progress in my career while others struggle to find time.
I work 10 hours a day at work and another 4-5 hours at home. On weekends I put in about 12 hours a day. I don't sleep more than 6 hours of sleep a night. Almost all my time is spent doing new development (vs. maintenance).
Good question. I spent the first dozen years of my career at large companies and led a mostly 9-5 existence while taking advantage of the free training and growth opportunities that existed at the time. In 2000, I started working at early stage companies and have been in startup mode ever since. The hours are long, the work is fun, and I find myself always learning something new every day, be it technical or otherwise. Three of the companies I've worked at have enjoyed successful acquisitions, while the others crashed and burned. Nevertheless, the lessons learned from these experiences and the friendships and contacts I've gained have proven to be very valuable, so I guess I'm... stuck in a rut.
I agree, there is more to life than work. I just haven't yet found what that is.
If work is what you enjoy doing I say keep doing it Just don't be a slave to it...
Anyway, you do choose to work this much. Not having time is still not a valid excuse in my opinion, you simply choose to spent it working (at least most of the time)