How-to Build Your Own React Boilerplate

So you’ve learned some React and built a few things. You’ve probably used create-react-app or react-slingshot to get off the ground quickly with minimal configuration. However, now you’re ready to venture out on your own with your very own React boilerplate.
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Portfolio Site How-To For New Developers


I recently shared my portfolio site with the Free Code Camp Nashville group and got some inquiries into some of the technologies and features I used to build it. So I figured I’d share all aspects of the site and some steps to utilizing the same tools I did.

Should I build my site from scratch?

When I asked this question to the ever helpful NashDev community I received a resounding “No” from Senior devs. This might seem counter intuitive, however, the overall thought process was if you’re just starting out, unless you’re looking to be considered a designer, then using something someone else has already done very well as the base of your portfolio is better than building it yourself. Concentrate on highlighting the things that you are going to be doing in a potential job, not on the overall layout and design of your portfolio site. I decided to go with a template from HTML5 UP for a few reasons. First, they’re FREE as long as you keep the attribution. Second, AJ who creates these amazing templates is based out of Nashville just like me and had in the past connected me with some solid people to have beer/coffee with and discuss my career. Third, it’s a static site. That is, it’s 100% HTML, CSS & JavaScript so I would have many simple options for hosting when I got to that point. Lastly, all of the templates are responsive so if a potential hiring manager clicks through from their phone they’re going to get a great experience.
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My Learning Hacks

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So I wanted to share the hacks that I’m using to upgrade my life some and increase my mental aptitude to crushing this curriculum. There is a certain amount of mental stamina that has to be maintained on a day to day basis to keep up this pace. So… here’s my brain upgrades/biohacks/etc… that keep my moving tip top while doing this bootcamp full time and taking care of kids full time. All with links to the best place to buy them.

First thing is my coffee. I start my day off with my take on, Bulletproof Coffee. I currently use Central American Single Origin Organic whole bean coffee from Aldi. The most important thing for me is my coffee being light to medium roast. Nothing dark. I also like whole bean because coffee really does taste way better if it’s fresh ground. I add to that 1 tbsp of Thrive Market Ghee and 1 tbsp of whatever I have around to up ketones. I prefer Brain Octane Oil because it definitely is nicer on the insides but also use Now Foods MCT Oil or just Coconut Oil if I have neither of the aforementioned. I blend this all up together. This gets me going and curbs hunger for hours. I also pop a couple BioScience Brain Boost and wash them down with my coffee.

I then hopefully do my Gymnastic Bodies Daily Limber routine to get the blood flowing some. I follow that up with some meditation utilizing Calm. I try (but usually fail) to write my daily journal entry utilizing this template I built in Evernote. I very rarely get all of these things done. However, I try to.

When I’m on long coding sessions I supplement in the middle of the day with Four Sigmatic Lion’s Mane which I’ve found can really get me going. I have to ensure I’m stimulated enough mentally or I start getting distracted trying to keep my brain working hard enough. I also diffuse essential oils in my workspace. Specifically Lemon, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus. All three of those are supposed to help with concentration and mental performance. I find the scents definitely keep me alert if not anything else. Something that I recently ran across is Nootrobox Sprint and I’m interested to try it out. I might just order the mini bottle for $15.

That should be it if I remember correctly. If I realize I missed something I’ll update this post.

UPDATE 3/31/17
I completely forgot about how I listen to whenever I’m doing work. It really zones me in more than anything I’ve ever listened to. I used to use Spotify playlists but now this is the ONLY thing I’ll listen to when I need to concentrate.

Day 14

I promise a good blog post soon. It’s almost 1 am after a LONG pair programming session, thanks Mike! We did, however, figure out a hard lab. I would’ve been struggling with it for sure. It’s not as ambiguous as it could be and we didn’t break down our methods as much as we could. However, we got all 15 tests passing and learned some new methods along the way. Specifically, the Dir class methods. Mike also showed me that there’s a solution branch to all of the labs on GitHub which I never knew about. I guess it says something that I’ve made it so far so quickly and never looked at a solution. However, there can be knowledge gained from refactoring with new knowledge based on what the school thinks is the best code for the problem.

I do have “homework” from Mike too (some things he has learned recently that I’m not knowledgeable on). Specifically, ||= &. and .tap.

Time spent today: 11:09
Time spent total: 67:43
Lessons completed today: 11
Lessons completed total: 258

Before I Start Flatiron

There were a few things I had to get out of the way before I started Flatiron.

First, I needed a solid schedule I was going to follow. I didn’t want to take 8 months to finish the program. In fact, I couldn’t take 8 months to finish the program as my expenses were too much to stretch that long. I also wanted to minimize my family’s child care expenses so I came up with a solid schedule:
M-Th 6am-7am personal care (shower, breakfast, walk dog, etc…) 7am-8am (or whenever kids wake up) Flatiron. 8am-8pm family/kids. 8pm-10pm Flatiron. 3 hrs/day.
Fri-Sun 8am-10pm Flatiron (1 hour lunch & dinner). 12 hrs/day.
Total 53 hours of school per week.
~800 hours to graduation = 15 weeks.
This seemed doable as my former career in restaurant management had me working 55 hours standard.

Secondly, I needed somewhere to do this work. The house we had just built had a closed in office which was not in use. So I skimmed IKEA’s website and picked out a desk and chair. Granted IKEA is 3 hours away from my house so it will be a pain to go pick it up but spending $100 on a desk, chair, and that plastic thing you put on the carpet so a chair can roll seemed like it was worth it.

Overall the plan was coming together.

The Most Effective Attraction Marketing System

attraction marketing systemA attraction marketing system is nothing new, it’s simply old off-line marketing strategies recycled to work in the new online marketing system world. In the beginning of network marketing and MLM very often people had to attend trade shows, hotel meetings, and get themselves in front of hundreds of people regularly, or worse, cold call. If you’re a friendly, honest person people would warm to you and buy whatever it was you were selling.

Online today there is renascence in attraction marketing and one of the simplest and most popular techniques of doing this is through video.

YouTube gets millions of visitors daily. If somebody is interested in a product, they will search for it and watch a video. If you have made a video about that product, they may click through and get it from you. You took some time to review the product and were rewarded.

If you want to be a top marketeer on the web today, there’s no easier way than video.

An Attraction Marketing System Means Selling Yourself

When I’m asked how does attraction marketing work this is what I tell people. The basis of a attraction marketing system is selling yourself. You set yourself up as very experienced and knowledgeable about your product. You can go about attraction marketing in many ways, you can write useful reviews, talk about your product on a blog, build a site about it or advertise your product using YouTube – in any of these strategies you are showing your character and expertise.

People will then begin to relate to you and if they like who they see they will trust you and be more inclined to buy something from you, because they like you. This is what a attraction marketing system comes down to, getting people to like you.

One serious mistake that people make these days is when they write articles. It is one of the first things that are outsourced by internet marketers and fairly often the resulting articles aren’t superb. Sadly many of these who outsource their article writing don’t even trouble to check the work and post it regardless, losing the reader after the first couple of lines. If you are going to outsource article writing in your attraction marketing system I suggest you use odesk or elance and find someone who truly knows what they are doing. This is not cheap but the results are much better.

If you select products that you believe in and are are excited about, this will reflect in the articles you write. These articles should be written in a conversational and friendly manner. Your visitors will understand your enthusiasm through your writing. They will appreciate that you know what you’re talking about and have researched everything and again that enhances trust.

The Use of Multimedia in an Attraction Marketing System

Writing good articles is just one side of attraction marketing. Video is much better – you can’t hire someone in the Philippines to do that for you!

By making a video you are branding yourself right away. Successful marketing is dependent on attraction marketing and you’ll see that the most successful marketing pros use video as a lucrative platform for promoting their businesses.

The web is the place everyone goes these days to research a product they have an interest in buying.

These researchers, after they have finally made up their minds to buy are warm consumers, pre-sold on a product.

If your site is one of the last ones they see and is helpful, educational, and amicable with fair product reviews, they are more likely to purchase from you.

Secrets of the Attraction Marketing System Revealed

Imagine working less than an hour every day to attract 10-20 new leads per day…

Or more. Imagine personally sponsoring 10-15 new team members per month without ever harassing your family or friends or making a cold call to tire-kicker.

Imagine eventually embracing a proven attraction marketing system that is sure to produce results when you have it set up.

Impossible you say! But no, it isn’t. What you need is the right system and the right team behind you, with comprehensive training in a attraction marketing system that works.

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MLM Binary Compensation Plans

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You have checked everything out and you believe you are nearly ready to start your MLM or internet marketing business; but when they were talking about compensation the phrase “MLM binary” came up and although you attempted to look smart you have no idea what it meant.

You’re not the only one. MLM compensation plans look as if they were created by mathematicsand seem to be exceptionally complex. Although on the surface they may look complex, if you sit down with somebody who knows about them they’re easy to work out.

Here is What a MLM Binary Plan is

As we all know binary means 2.

So you just have to think of everything in pairs.

One of the first things that you will have to do when you commence building your new business is to signup 2 new folks who also need to enjoy the financial freedom of MLM selling.

You’ll sign these new people up and they become your front line. This is your private line of support and because this is a binary system they can then go out and recruit 2 more each.

No more. No less.

So now there’s 3 of you, you and two others. Let’s call them Mary and Jane. In the binary system Mary and Jane would go out and sponsor two others each, and theoretically everyone makes masses of cash and lives happily for ever. Sadly, many recruits will not do what they say they are going to do, and maybe Mary and Jane are lazy and don’t work very hard.

So you have to go find a few more folks and since you are only permitted to have a total of 2 people on your front link, you will have to put these new recruits UNDER either Mary or Jane.

Or perhaps you will place one under Mary and the other under Jane. Either way.

MLM Binary Spillover

When you dropped your new recruits into the downlines of Jane and Mary, they received upline spillover.

To paraphrase, you have helped them build one side of their business based totally on your work. And this is one of the great benefits of the MLM binary compensation plan – the idea that, if you have an active upline, they would essentially aid you in building 1/2 your business.

You don’t stop there, you still need to continue to sponsor and recruit lots of people. You do this to keep balancing the two legs of the plan with the right people because most plans only pay a commission when the product volumes balance.

You can enjoy lots of spillover, but you will only be compensated when you keep adding new folk.

So this is one of the first points you have to understand. It’s not an issue of whether MLM binary is best for you but the important question is how are you able to promote your business effectively? You have to have a plan in place to push your opportunity and your production.

What sort of budget do you have for advertising and selling?

Have you thought about employing a lead generation system, which by the utilizing of attraction marketing should help explode your business.

How will you persuade people you are the upline leader they are looking for to help them reach their dreams and goals?

These are the most vital questions, truly, because if any person has made money through a MLM binary program, and many have, then it’s not the comp plan that is in question. The question is, what will you do to build your business?

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