Taking a break from the Raspberry Pi thing for bit.
I follow more than a few blogs and podcasts, trying to learn and improve, and it hit me today, while listening to a podcast, walking from my car to the office:
Dividing life situations into Stages is a favorite technique to characterizing people and their behavior.
Depending on what you Google/Bing there appear to be 3 to 12 Stages of Life. Go figure. I’m not going to even try and figure out which set of stages to apply to my life, much less determine which stage I’m in. I might not like the stage I find myself in. By the way, there may be life frameworks that have more than 12 stages, that’s just where I stopped searching.
Of course, there’s everybody’s favorite: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. I think we all can agree, we need to get enough sleep, before we can even begin to think about self actualization.
Dave Ramsey has his famous Seven Baby Steps to financial peace. I’d say we’ve made it to Baby Step 6: Pay Off Home Early, but it seems to me the next step, Baby Step 7: Build Wealth and Give!, is a little bigger than a baby step.
Joshua Sheats at Radical Personnel Finance, whose podcast I enjoy very much, and highly recommend, formulated his Stages of Financial Independence. I guess we’re in Stage 3: Debt Freedom, but we could be in Stage 4: Financial Security, if you count the income from our retirement accounts, which you can’t because we can’t spend it yet.
This is good: The 11 Phases of a Web Developers Career. I’m not a web developer, so I don’t have to tell you what Phase I’m in, right?
Now here’s something I can relate to: 5 Stages of Programmer Incompetence. I’d put myself in the “Veteran” category.
Finally, the podcast that triggered this post. John Sonmez (The father of 500 blogs. Listen to the podcast. You’ll know what I mean.) mentioned something about stages, which made me think of his post: The 4 Levels of Freedom for Software Developers. So I’m at Level 1: Employed. I Guess I’ve got some Stages, Steps, Phases, and Hierarchies to climb. Time to get some sleep or self actualize.
How about you? What are some Stage sets you have heard of? Are they any help?