We’ve heard stories of how two Nigerian youngsters created a browser that got massive media coverage. Here is another old/new story to get you out of the abyss of uncertainty.
Meet Michael Sayman, one of the youngest Facebook employees currently working as a Software Developer.
I met him last year, However, 2 days ago, Micheal recounted his story in a TechPrep video, TechPrep is Facebook’s latest initiative to teach people programming. In the video, Micheal talked about how his passion provided for his family.
Micheal’s first contribution to the app store was called Club Penguin Cheats app, a tutorial for the popular Disney game. Micheal created the app to drive traffic to his WordPress site. He had no prior programming knowlege, but relied on Google for his every need. It quickly rose to the top 10 thanks to his passion and determination. According to him:
“It was a horrible process of learning, absolutely the worst,” Michael told Pando.com. “My School didn’t offer computer classes so that’s what I had to do.”“I just went on the Internet, tried to figure out how to do something, and got it done.”
He created the app and with much struggle registered it. The app was a basic collection of links to the tips and tricks on his website. Thanks to his determination, the app was among the top 10 apps.
However, Micheal didn’t stop there, he developed another game called 4 Snaps. According to his mom
“I watched my son, every night and every single day, staying up until four or five a.m., working on the app, doing his homework, sleeping two or three hours, and then going to school.”
Michael increased awareness for 4 snaps by paying Instagrammers about $40/day (something he could barely afford). After this, his app rose to 127th position and eventually to #1.
That was when Facebook noticed him and a recruiter from Facebook reached out with an offer – a summer internship at Facebook with a $6,000 monthly pay. Today, Micheal is a software developer at Facebook.
It’s just a stupid app,” Michael said. “But the fact that I created something out of nothing and changed someone’s life in a stupid insignificant way is the best feeling ever.”
From a boy with braces to a software engineer at Facebook, now that is success
You can do it! You just need to believe in yourself.