I bulllshitted my way into a tech lead job and frankly I'm in over my head.

I bulllshitted my way into a tech lead job and frankly I'm in over my head.

What nootropics or supplements can you recommend me IQfy? Also have you ever been promoted above your ability?

My particular problems: I have a bad working memory, I'm a midwit, and my attention is mediocre.

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I bulllshitted my way into a tech lead job
    I'm starting to believe most people do that in the tech industry. I've talked to a lead web dev and it was clear he knew nothing about computers

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You don't need to know about computers to do webstuff, hell im in networking and every webshitters is stumped why they can't reach x server via ping when only 443/22 is open

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This. I've decided I'm just going to build something on my own and leapfrog the bullshitters. There's so much deadweight it shouldn't be hard.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >leapfrog
        how can I leapfrog?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >>I bulllshitted my way into a tech lead job
      >I'm starting to believe most people do that in the tech industry
      You don’t get what you deserve; you get what you negotiate.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      A couple of years ago my company hired some web dev """expert""" to lead a project of rewriting our decades old desktop software as a web, SAAS thingy.
      And the guy is the biggest clown ever. He's the tech lead of this new project, but he hasn't written a single line of production code. I don't know if he wrote a single line of code at all. He doesn't even do dev ops shit. Setting up all the web infrastructure, managing dbs, writing deployment scripts, setting up CI, etc. are all done by some other guy on his team.
      And on top of that he sleeps on code reviews for weeks, and constantly refuses to make important decisions and delays them for months.
      All he does all day is read some moronic web dev blogs on how to do things, and then tells his team what
      technololgy they should use, or what completely unneccessary thing they absolutely need.
      The one time he did try dealing wth some of the backend code his team produced, he got filtered by static typing.

      The result is multiple years of development on a green-field project, less productivity than the decades old legacy software with millions of lines of code, thousands of dollars in monthly cloud-costs due to the dozens of different cloud services he suggested his team to use, no useable or sellable product, and multiple people on his team qutting.

      Everyone on his team is frustrated and angry with him. Everyone outside of his team just thinks of him as a clown, except for the CEO who won't get rid of him.
      How he continuously manages to con him into thinking he's worth paying a single penny is beyond me.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This sounds literally like my current job but in another area. The tech lead is an idiot, we have been spending in multiple cloud products, changing providers from azure to aws then azure and again back to aws.

        This is supposed to be a green-field project but somehow the people working there decided to leave the project so we actually need to either refactor the code or build crap on top of that. Currently, I have being building on top of crap since there is no time to refactor.

        I already started to apply to other positions but not sure how can I explain to the recruiter the reason I am leaving.

        Just to make an example, the project that I am working started on summer of 2023. I am the fourth guy who has been coding this shit, the business analyst just quit last week and there is no QA. I am currently just finishing the tickets I have and they decided me to do also the QA since I am “too good” and since I know about the project.

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm in the same boat except I got a junior dev position when all I had ever worked in previously was IT and cyber (paperwork). I don't know how to code and told them that and they didn't give a shit. Now I have to program c++ based on jira tickets. My coworkers are chill tho and help me since I just graduated. But I feel bad about having to always ask for help.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >junior dev
      No you're exactly where you should be op is a homosexual.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ive been a junior dev for 10 years

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        kek how? I didn't manage to get any junior roles so went straight into applying for normal dev roles with higher pay and finally got one. I assume applying for junior roles is more competitive

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You’re in the right spot. You have more skill than the guys coming out of a boot camp and even a lot of CS majors.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >junior dev
        No you're exactly where you should be op is a homosexual.

        Thanks guys for giving me hope

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Don't feel bad that's just how it is when you start out you'll be good in a year or two and be answering the same questions to other new hires

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Even if I'm just now learning c++ on the job?

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You need plenty of sleep and regular exercise outdoors, and a balanced diet. Cut out any alcohol. Reduce device usage at home. All of those will help with memory and cognition.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      thanks. I'm bad on all those fronts.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This is completely true and I can guarantee it would 'cure' 80% of people with 'brainfog'.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      pretty much this, just consume adequate fiber and protein, touch grass at least sometimes, and get at least a little bit of exercise every day
      even just a short daily walk will do wonders for your focus, mood, and energy

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    so is anyone taking nootropics or what? any help with supplements, or other suggestions for better cognitive performance?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Read

      You need plenty of sleep and regular exercise outdoors, and a balanced diet. Cut out any alcohol. Reduce device usage at home. All of those will help with memory and cognition.

      Only troons and morons do drugs

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Same. I'm just waiting to be laid off

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >My particular problems: I have a bad working memory, I'm a midwit, and my attention is mediocre.
    Sounds like every tech lead I worked under
    Should be fine

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, you're job is actually to just be the fall guy incase the project is a mess worthy of gutting the team. You get gutted and the Sr dev ends up taking your spot, until he pisses off the wrong cuck-suite member or they find a replacement sacrifice. The less you know, the better honestly.
      Also, I have no fricking idea what I'm talking about, I'm just a Jr dev at a small company.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >have CS degree
    >been coding for a decade
    >make majority of my money freelancing and trading shitcoins
    >autistic
    >can barely get an interview much less a jerb in the tech industry

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    amphetamine like a normal person

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I'm Indian
    Didn't read, frick you street shitters.

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    As others have said, diet and exercise are massively important. If you heard that everybody in this industry is using nootropics and that it's necessary, that's not true, but some of us do.

    My favorite nootropic is phenylpiracetam. It's a little pricey, especially when you get the (russian) pharmaceutical tablets instead of powder ($1.5-$2 per pill), so I take it on demand when I'm feeling like I can't get shit done. It feels like it just removes the blocks from things I know I need to do but don't feel like doing. For example, if I take it when I don't have work to do, I usually end up cleaning.

    Probably want to take a choline source which can pass the BBB with the phenylpiracetam. For that your main choices are Alpha GPC, or CDP Choline. ALCAR is a sort of alternative, which I hear certain people respond to better than actual choline. Do your research, iirc if you start to feel depressed or too sleepy with other choline sources then give ALCAR a try.

    Other than that, I have a daily stack of vitamins, omega 3, phosphatidyl serine, and magnesium threonate. My favorite resource for info is a website called nootropics expert, he's good at referencing actual scientific sources instead of pseudoscientific observations, reddit comments etc, though I don't think that these types of views are completely useless.

    For a while I thought nootropics were kinda BS, but after stopping for a few weeks I noticed how much they were helping. When I was taking them daily I felt like I had the capacity to learn a lot more than I was, and picked up studying Chinese. Nootropics are not automatic get good pills though, you won't take them and get good at coding playing video games and browsing IQfy all day, you still need to put in the work and study.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This anon knows. Most nootropics are bunk but the ones that aren't are really helpful. I'd second phenylpiracetam and alpha gpc. If you're okay with stimulants sabroxy and uridine have also been helpful for me.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Coloracetam is also really good and has an added bonus of making you extremely sociable

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Rebecca can feel free to suck my weirdly shaped wiener.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the only thing even remotely worth it is modafinil
    get a script for it for wakefulness and promise the doc you'll go to the sleep study he prescribes in the mean time

    or buy from india

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      took a while for modafinil to pop up in this thread
      ez script if you say you work weird shifts
      ez from india
      otherwise picrel for a rabbithole to dive down

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Maybe you didn't "bullshit your way in" maybe the person who hired you thinks you're capable of growing into the position.

    Felt like a fraud 2 years ago, but in hindsight I was easily the best person for the job.

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The best/cheapest legal nootropic stack is caffeine + l-theanine. Optionally, ashwagandha/tongkat ali are reasonably effective at lowering anxiety (i,e. keeping you from wanting to have a nice day) and increasing testosterone.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Doesn't ashwaganda lead to kidney damage? L carnitine is good also and well researched so not potentially dangerous

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    download Adobe reader

  16. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You’ll do fine anon as long as you do the bare minimum. If you have bad memory keep a planner or use a task management system. Delegate the frick out of everything, especially if your supposed to be managing. If you don’t know anything about what your working on, read a few good books or ask ChatGPT.

  17. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Modafinil greatly improves my attention while also making me feel anxious and mildly shitty in general.
    Daily walks do me a lot of good and now that I'm in the habit they're easy to keep up.
    Getting enough sleep helps (duh).
    The single biggest improvement to my productivity was asking for help more often. I still don't quite do it enough. But I got that way by being cripplingly shy and above average at muddling through on my own, this may or may not apply to you.

  18. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I used to have sticky notes to put all my thoughts but then it started to get messy, more my fault since I keep losing them. Instead I bought index cards, they are bigger and I put them on a specific location. Now, I can keep my ideas and thoughts there for future references in my daily calls.

    For some reason when I write in a notebook, it doesn’t work for me. I prefer like single sheets like a sticky note or an index card. Not sure why I cannot read back the notebook. Maybe I am to lazy to search for the correct sheet. Some major psychological issue with me but at least Index Cards work for me.

  19. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly, for memory take Ginkgo and Lions mane mushroom supplements. Not sure about Ginkgo yet but Lions mane helped me tons with my memory, especially since they're both super easy to get ahold of as opposed to prescription stuff. And of course everything else people said, don't use your phone at home, don't overdo with screens in general, and try to read a book before bed instead of scrolling online

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