Whenever you’re doubting yourself, just imagine yourself as that guy who did the same job as you and said, “I NAILED IT!”
I’m focusing on this notion of why people are building technology and thinking about code in terms of humanity and of the people who are going to be affected by it. I think we would have a very different technology industry if we had people entering the industry with that motivation. That is my big dream. I don’t care very much about being my own boss, or having my own name on things, but if during my lifetime we saw a shift of why people worked with computers, all my work would be worth it. If that idea moves forward, it would feel like success.
I have very personally felt the overwhelming loneliness, self-doubt, and frustration that often comes with the minority status of a woman in engineering. As much as I can help others get through or avoid those difficult stretches that I myself had to weather, I’d like to. As a bonus, the more women (and minorities) that enter and don’t leave the field, the better it all gets for everyone, including me!
I think the best piece of advice I can give to anyone with a dream is to never be afraid to share your dreams and talk about what you wish to create and see in the world. It’s often hard to share those pipedreams at the risk that they might not work out, but you never know who has the collaborations, networks, and visions to make your dreams a reality. So be careful and vigilant and protect yourself intelligently of course, but never be afraid to ask for help.”