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Author: Julian Sequeira & Bob Belderbos

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The PyBites Podcast is a podcast about Python Development, Career and Mindset skills. Hosted by the Co-Founders of PyBites, Bob Belderbos and Julian Sequeira, this podcast is for anyone interested in Python and looking for tips, tricks and concepts related to Career and Mindset. For more information on PyBites and Python, visit us at and hit us up on social media!
25 Episodes
Protect your calendarIn this episode we wanted to address another productivity issue.We talk about the concerning trend of having an open calendar and how detrimental this can be for getting stuff done.We talk about how we balance meetings vs deep work via time boxing. Related essay: meeting quote: "Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better." - Peter DruckerWe talk about the culture of "now vs when" and how Slack (ironically) gets this down! They seem to have embraced the "when you work, work, when you play, play".We hope that after listening you take control of your calendar and tell us all about it:, at the start of the episode we mention our new, free 6 day training course: The 6 Key Ingredients of a Successful PythonistaYou can get it here: Resources:Julian's Reading: Pine Gap: The Inside Story of the NSA in Australia - David RosenbergBob's Reading: Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success - Phil JacksonSerious Python: Black-Belt Advice on Deployment, Scalability, Testing, and More - Julien Danjou
Today we tackle the ugly monster of distraction. We give you some valuable pointers that can reduce the amount of stress that distractions cause:- Work on the 80/20, the stuff that matters and have goals so you know what to aim at.- Time-box your time, including social media.- Airplane mode is your new best friend.- Watch your bio (= willpower).- Social media vicious cycle (story time!)- Go async with online reading, batch articles with Pocket.- Tab galore is bad (unclosed loops!), go minimal, less is more.- An accountability partner increases your focus and therefore reduces distractions.- Disable desktop notifications and uninstall distracting phone apps.- When you work work, when you play play (again, control your phone use).To seriously boost your productivity, gaining valuable hours back every single week, check out our dedicated course:
This week we talk with Patrick Groß, long time PyBites community member and lead developer of Karmabot, the bot that handles karma points and other tasks in the PyBites Slack Community. We talk about how Patrick got into Python and how he really learned it, his switch from a university to a data analytics job and ... his overhaul of our early Karmabot prototype, turning it into the mature open source project it is today (thanks!) You'll learn about the improvements Patrick made to Karmabot, integrating "Hypermodern Python" concepts, and some of the lessons he learned from contributing to open source overall (hint: both tech and soft skills were important!)We hope this episode will inspire you to start (or continue) contributing to open source, it's a beautiful thing.Karmabot project and Hypermodern Python series: reach out to Patrick: (DM or #karmabot_dev channel ... actually while there let's give him some Karma, just type "@Patrick +++")
In this episode we have a chat about how setting realistic expectations in your day-to-day can make all the difference when it comes to frustration and stress.We share a bunch of stories and situations to drive the point home.Links to mentioned content:- Podcast: Chris Voss on Negotiation - Book: Indistractible by Nir Eyal- Book: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates- Book: Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. BrownJoin our Community:
This week we talk with another member of our PyBites community: Robin Beer.He shares his coding journey, going from physicist to cloud software architect and co-founder of an energy startup.Some takeaways from our conversation:- Learning core Python and having a constant curious mindset gets you really far.- You have to become comfortable stepping outside of your comfort zone, specially in a high-paced startup environment. - How  his perception of Pythonic / quality code changed going from a coding physicist to a professional software architect.- How Python gave him more fulfilment in life, even to the point of becoming a digital nomad :)Reach out to Robin:- Twitter: Our community:
Stress comes from everywhere these days. It's become such a constant part of all of our lives and if we don't know how to acknowledge and deal with it, it can lead to all sorts of problems.In this episode we share 5 Tips on how we deal with stress:Take a step back and remove yourself from the situation. This is a tip we learned from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.Use gratefulness to better handle "negative" feedback.Learn to say no to protect your time and ensure you don't get overloaded with busy work. More on this in PyBites Podcast Episode 12."Take Weekends Off". Whatever your schedule happens to be, find dedicated time to take off. Guilt free relaxation time is 100% necessary for dealing with and reducing stress levels.Analyse your situation and find something you can control. We give an example here of how we took control of our health with calorie counting. The same rule applies to finances - you control the budget!What it all comes down to is mindset and productivity. We've distilled all of this and much more in our very own "Practical Productivity with PyBites" course. The framework and practical examples we have in place will get you back on track to achieving your goals and reduce your stress in the process.Links:7 Habits of Highly Effective PeoplePyBites Podcast Episode on "Saying No": Productivity with PyBites course: we're reading:Julian: ContagiousBob: The Pragmatic Programmer and The Laws of Human Nature
This week we interview Pete Lynch who is a long time PyBites Community member.We talk about his career, how he shifted from marketing to a coding role (!) after taking a 5 month break to upskill by taking part in a bootcamp.Now as a web developer he is architecting his dream life.You might think: "Wow, this cannot be a technical skill transformation only, right?"Correct, MINDSET has been one of the key ingredients in pulling this off!So meet "Deathbed Pete" and learn how Pete deliberately manages risk for greater rewards in his career and life.We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did producing it. Ah and some interesting books mentioned in this episode: Mind for Numbers, Mindset (Carol Dweck) and The Daily Stoic.Get in touch with Pete here:Twitter: website: https://peterlunch.comAnd of course on the PyBites Slack: If you want to achieve results like Pete, come talk to us about our high intensity Python coaching program:
This week we talk with Sarah Gencarelli, animation director @ Cartoon Network and avid Pythonista and member of the PyBites community. We talk about how surprisingly common art creation and programming are!Sarah also shares how applying a creative mindset can help you as a developer.We had a blast, we hope you too!If you want to connect with Sarah you can do so here:
In this episode we share our career stories: how we got into programming and Python. If you're somewhat new to PyBites or haven't yet heard how we got to where we are, you'll want to give this a listen.Note: this is an excerpt from a presentation we proudly gave to students at UCLA!The key takeaway from this episode is that careers are not always linear. The skills you develop along the way can lead you down different paths. Taking these opportunities as they come are usually highly beneficial - they certainly were for us.Many of the concepts we talk about in the podcast are also present in our stories: getting uncomfortable; building things and networking with people.Links:Click here to join the PyBites Community:
This week we have Chris Patti on the show.We talk about how he got into programming going all the way back to the 80s!We talk about automation (and scratching your own itch) being the root of his everlasting passion for coding.His message is dear to our heart, because it was his ability to overcome perfectionism ("ship it" mentality), putting his work out there that opened doors for him and led to an amazing career so far.And this virtuous cycle is accessible to you too, just listen to Chris' valuable advice around:How to upskill your Python.The critical role of deliberate practice in this.Tips to get unstuck when solving complex problems.The need to become uncomfortable to gain the required confidence to succeed.That you don't need a CS degree per se, adopting the right mindset is of critical importance as a developer.And more...Resources:Peak, THE book on deliberate practice: 100 Days of Python course: in touch with Chris:Website: https://www.feoh.orgTwitter: Community:
#014 - Habits

#014 - Habits


In this episode we talk all about Habits and Triggers! In fact, this is actually a snippet from our new Practical Productivity with PyBites course that we know you'll get a lot of value out of."Goals are paramount, habits are King".You'll hear us share our thoughts on habits, what triggers are and most importantly, we share some solid, relatable examples of our own.Enjoy the listen and if you are interested in this course, check it out here:
In this episode we have a wonderful conversation with Christo Olivier, one of our valued PyBites Community Members.Christo joins us to talk about a very cool app he created while working with us. He also dives into the Mindset that makes a successful developer. Everything Christo has achieved is totally doable by anyone as long as you have the right mindset.You can learn more about the PyBites Developer Mindset (PDM) Program that Christo participated in here:'s Blog:'s LinkedIn:
#012 - How to Say No!

#012 - How to Say No!


In this episode we talk about How to Say No, the benefits of doing so and as always, throw in a story or two.Some noteworthy highlights from the episode:If you don't say NO, others will determine your schedule.There is always a trade off don't have the illusion you can do it all.Saying no actually wins you respect.Have a read of this article that goes into more detail on ways to say no: favourite ways to say no:Pause. Don't jump in with excitement straight away.Get some distance and time in. Say, "let me check my calendar and get back to you".Say, "yes, but what should I reprioritize" - show them there is a trade off.Delegate > win win, you cannot be the expert in everything, give other people exposure / opportunity.Another thing you need to do is get on top of things so you're not even put in the situation where you have to say "no". Fix it earlier in the pipelineBlock time on your calendar for your own work.Let your team know when you are working on something (e.g. you won't be on Slack).Taking on too much ultimately results in multitasking because you're overcommitted (ever been in a meeting while doing your email?)Stories:You'll have to listen!
This episode is an excerpt from our Marketing Training.In just these brief 10 minutes we discuss two of our pillars: Being Proactive and Growing your Network.Be more Proactive by doing the following:Find ways to add more valueAnticipate what stakeholders wantPush out of your comfort zone(We each also throw in an example!)Grow Your Network:Where to find Career/Technical ContactsLinkedIn TipsReaching out InternallyNotable Links:PyBites Marketing Training: to Weekly Python, Career and Mindset Tips: So Good They Can't Ignore You - Cal Newport
In this episode we discuss Perfectionism, what it is and how we overcome it ourselves.To put some skin in the game we each share some stories (coding and every day life) where we got caught up in Perfectionism and the impact it had.If as a coder you experience Perfectionism more often than you'd like, we encourage you to hop on a call with us so we can help get you some clarity and next steps:
Curious about what it's like for grade and middle school students working on real-world Python exercises?For us, one of the greatest honours of 2020 was seeing our Python exercises platform being utilised by a school in the U.S. This was thanks to two teachers who happen to be the Teaching Python Podcast hosts, Sean Tibor and Kelly Schuster-Paredes.In this episode we nab some valuable time from Sean and Kelly to discuss what it's been like for them to teach Python to students in their school, what the challenges are and how they've been able to utilise our platform in the classroom.Needless to say, they've certainly blown our expectations!Enjoy the listen and if you're interested in trying the platform out in your classroom or at your child's school, schedule a free demo here!Notable Links:Sean Tibor: Schuster-Paredes: Code Challenges Platform: https://codechalleng.esTeaching Python Podcast: a free demo:
Today we talk about some tactics we use ourselves to stay productive.Resources mentioned in this episode:- The 4 Hour Workweek- The Pareto principle- Parkinson's lawJoin our Slack Community to continue the conversation (we created a #Productivity channel!)
In this episode you'll hear a fragment of our Confidence Training, how it can be learned and earned!If you like this you can watch the complete training with slides here.Don't let imposter syndrome hold you back from achieving your goals!
Happy New Year all! A new year, new opportunities :)In this episode we talk about our Python Tips book:1. Why did we write this book?Python books, albeit great, can be pretty dense and time consuming, we wanted to make Python more digestible.We want to instil the the habit of reading code (tool mentioned: want to motivate you to try out code / new libraries.Lastly, we always said we would write a book as PyBites, now at the 4 years mark (19th of Dec 2020) it was about time :)2. What was the mindset / process behind writing this book?We applied the “eat an elephant a bite at a time” famous saying. We launched at 100 tips (= one third of the end goal).We went to market fast, dropping perfectionism.We posted tips to social media for years getting great feedback/ confirmation people actually appreciated / wanted this.Lesson for you: if there is something you want to do, getting started is the hardest, but once you gain momentum it gets easier (tweet:, how deep work and time chunking helped in the process.3. Some of our favourite tips from the standard library and external modules.4. What’s next.Get to a physical edition when we hit 300 tips!Make an accompanying Mindset/ Career book (you can get these already subscribing here: Get the book here:
Marc Falzon and Anthony Lister are two passionate members of the PyBites Community and happen to be our first guests on the PyBites podcast!In this episode we dive into Marc's journey on the 100 Days of Code Challenge and how Anthony became his incredibly valuable Accountability Partner.Accountability is something we harp on about all the time so when we saw that Marc and Anthony were doing this we knew it was a story worth telling and diving into.If you've ever thought of seeking out an Accountability Partner or wondered how having one even works, you'll want to listen to this.Enjoy!Links:Marc's digital footprint:Marc's Blog:'s digital footprint:Twitter: speak with us about your Python journey and to be held accountable (hint hint!), book a call with us here: you're keen to kick off your own 100 Days of Code journey, check this out.
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