There and Back Again
Published on January 03, 2021
A self-taught programmer's journey of rushing through learning to code and then having to start again from the beginning.
A cautionary tale to share with my "fellowship" of self-taught web developers!
- If you are new to coding, we recommend you start at the beginning.
From that point on, I was consumed by the certification, "my precious." I was no longer focusing on "learning." Now I was focused on "earning."
I then gave myself a timetable when I would hold "my precious," I mean my certification. It would be at the end of June, and it would make a wonderful birthday gift for me.
Then, my birthday comes and goes without earning my certification, "my precious!"
Then, Christmas 2019 comes and goes without earning my certification, "my precious!"
While taking this course, I took my time and understood what I was learning before moving forward.
When I changed my focus from "earning" to "learning," I started to make real progress.
In five months, I earned my first certification, the "Responsive Web Design Certification."
- If there is a suggested order for a course, follow it.
- Do not "pick up the pace" and push through learning.
- Prioritize "learning," not "earning" (certificates and certifications).
I now make sure to take my time and understand what I am learning before moving forward. Rushing through learning has taught me a valuable lesson of what "not to do."
Even though I'm certified in responsive web design, I continue learning, studying, and practicing the covered topics in that course.
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