Preslav Mihaylov

Speaker, Software Engineer, Technical Trainer. Passionate about computer science, presentations and reading books

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From Embedded Developer to Blockchain Training Manager

From the start of this month, I am officially the Blockchain Training Manager of Kingsland University – School of Blockchain.

It was a tough decision to leave my previous company Ocado Technology, as this was the best company I had worked for yet.
But with this new opportunity, I decided to switch gears and leave the embedded industry.

Now, I am the manager of a blockchain training team, responsible for leading blockchain courses onsite and online around the world.
Apart from that, I am contributing to our blockchain development team as a software developer.
This is something entirely new for me and is a great challenge.

So, in two words – not doing embedded anymore. Now doing blockchain.

But do you want to learn how this all happened and what are my thoughts about it?

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Hosting an AMA Feed in 2 days!

After my most recent post (How to properly use macros in C) I was invited to host an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session at AMA Feed.

This is a site, where various professionals hold sessions where anyone can ask them questions about their career, specialty and themselves.

If you want to get in touch with me, then feel free  to join and ask me anything!

My session will be on the 23rd December (In 2 days!) 10 AM Eastern Standard Time (7 PM GMT+2, Bulgarian time).

And this is a link to the session itself: https://TechAMA.com/472982

Looking forward to hearing from you there.

Should you listen to what other people say?

Taking decisions in life is hard. Especially if they concern our future. One of the classical examples we have all gone through is deciding what career path to follow after we graduate.

And there are many people – parents, relatives, friends, unknowns, who try to give us their valuable advice about our own future. Some will tell you to go study medicine or law since it is so well paid. Others will tell you to study economics, because everyone in your family was an economist and you should continue the chain. And some will tell you to follow your passion and do what makes you happy.

And all of this friendly help makes things even more complicated. Some people blindly agree on what their parents say, since they are their superiors. Others act more rebelliously and do the exact opposite of what others told them and write stuff like “I don’t care about what other people think or say” on their Facebook walls.

I have gone through both periods myself. I know the struggle and I have also received advice about my future when I was graduating and I continue receiving it even these days any endeavor I take.

What has changed, however, is my approach and way of thinking about the issue.

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Why does blaming others stop your growth

Recently, I had the opportunity to make a TEDx talk and I chose to speak about a lesson I had learned in life, which happened to be greatly beneficial to me. I was lucky to learn that early on in my life. It is concerned with blaming others and it is especially dear to me as I had been a serious gamer in school and it was very common to constantly talk about how your teammates suck in-game.

But although we tend to blame others in a video game, I have observed that we have the same attitude as adults, as well. All the time, I hear people say how the government is responsible for the problems of our society. How we are poor not because we don’t have any useful skill with which to serve society, but because the country sucks.

Those are some common examples I encounter, but I am sure you can think of others yourself. That is why, today I want to share with you one vital lesson I learned as a gamer. It helped me become better in the game, but it also helped me grow in life.

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My inspiration to become a developer

As a follow up to my first post about what to expect from my blog, today I am going to tell you the story of my first encounter with programming and what my inspiration was to continue doing it until this very day.

I will start out with what my background was beforehand, some of the first steps and finally – my first great achievement!

Thank you David for the idea of this post! 🙂

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