5 Truths I’ve Come To Realize As a Self-taught Developer – Premium Content πŸ”’

When I began my self-taught developer journey back in 2016 (I go more in-depth in this RTC interview), little did I know – at that time – learning the tech side of things would be the easy part. Here are 5 hard truths I’ve come to realize, personally, on this never-ending journey…

1. You have to work very hard

This isn’t sage advice or anything unheard of before by any means. But, it is important because it’s true. You will have to work very hard.

The path of self-study and learning – especially alone – takes knuckle-down hard work and determination.

For most people, learning is difficult. We live in an age where distractions are just 1 click or swipe away. Unless you are in a boot camp or some other cohort-based environment, guess who is holding you accountable?

Guess who is going to motivate you when you don’t feel like reading or typing code?

Any guesses?

Yep, you’re correct.

It’s all on you (and your motivations).

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Many self-starters are making a complete life-changing shift from an entirely different work career into one of programming and tech. The transition is slow and takes time. In the meantime, you still have to put food on the table, pay the bills, and keep the lights on.

Most of us are working full-time jobs with families and other responsibilities, on top of trying to learn something completely new.

I used to get so frustrated when it seemed like what little progress I was making – if any – took so long.

But, my wife would often remind me that I was working a 50+ hour/week job in addition to learning a brand new skill for a completely different career path.

And guess what?

I’m still working hard and learning each day. Each chance I get. Still working towards my goal of being a full-time developer and creator.

The going is tough and slow

However, I’m no longer comparing my progress or success to anyone else’s because no 2 paths are the same.

Focus on what you can accomplish today, this week, or in the next 10 minutes because incremental steps – no matter how small – add up.

This quote by Jerry Rice has had such a profound impact on me.

β€œToday I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” β€“ Jerry Rice

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