I do have an exciting story to share

Severe health struggle caused by an autoimmune disease and a bunch of unexpected events in my life inspired me to teach.

In the end it turned out to be a blessing in disguise!

Dhaval Patel

Founder @ codebasics.io, Co-Founder @ AtliQ,
Data Entrepreneur, Youtuber 761K+ subscribers,
Ex. Bloomberg, NVIDIA

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Dhaval Patel

When asked, what advice would I give to my 20-year old self, I’d say

“Do not just focus on tech skills. Learning soft/business skills is even more important!”

My background

I worked in NVIDIA as a device driver programmer for 2 years and then joined evolving data industry.

I worked for world’s biggest financial data and analytics company Bloomberg (New York) for 12 years.

Working with so many smart people on complex data projects gave me in depth insights of how data informed decision making can transform any business.

I mainly used Python, C++, UNIX, Various Data Analytics and ML tools to solve state of the art problems.

I never thought I would go in teaching as I was earning BIG MONEY working in Bloomberg’s Princeton, USA office and my career was on a rapid rise!

My teaching journey

While I was living a lavish life in USA enjoying the career progress, life threw a curved ball at me. I was diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disease called ulcerative colitis.

It took a huge toll on me and a few years down the road I was reduced to a walking skeleton weighing 108 lb at 5 ft 10 inch height. During the days of depression, I had a thought that I should do something to engage my brain into some selfless activity. I started teaching Python on YouTube with a hope that it will serve as a therapy for my mental health.

Few months down the road, I started receiving amazing comments on my teaching style and how easily I can explain the most complex topic. This was my “Aha” moment! I realized the universe was guiding me to find my true calling (or IKIGAI). My YouTube channel (Codebasics) have exploded since then! In 2022, I was able to leave my high paying job at Bloomberg to pursue teaching full time.

“Do not just focus on tech skills. Learning soft/business skills is even more important! ”

In the era of ChatGPT and AI, business skills and soft skills are becoming even more important compared to tool skills. Any pursuit of learning should be a holistic balance of both technical and soft skills if one truly wants to become industry ready!