& why you should or shouldn’t do it
Coding is not for everyone, I learnt this when I first attempted to learn how to code.
I was so confident that I was going to learn how to develop an application that nothing was going to stop me. I bought my Udemy course, pilled up the coffee and grabbed my beats headphones and every day I had a crack at it.
I got through the basics and developed my first 2 mock applications — My goal was to be invited to WWDC by apple as a new developer (you can tell I’m an Apple fanboy) and nothing was going to stop me.
I faced roadblocks and overcame them, then life hit and I stopped coding for like 5 months. Every day I wasn’t coding was burning me inside — but I was facing some big things in life at the time so I gave myself some slack.
I then started coding again however with a whole different mind frame, It was no longer something I wanted to do, but was going to do for the foreseeable future.
What I learnt:
- Coding is not easy — it’s as difficult as learning a new language (you will pull your hair out)
- It takes more than commitment — it takes loyalty & perseverance
- Most people who are coding today started somewhere
- Allow yourself to fuck up, take a break, ask for help, and try again
What changed when I went back after 5 months:
- I stopped looking at coding as something I can do in the short term — it was a long term relationship now
- I understood the time and respect it needs and deserves
- I tied it too long term life goals — it was no longer a hobby but a life pursuit
- I explored and try to understand the industry and where I think I belong
You should start learning to code if:
- You have taken the time to research the different languages and career or side hustle prospect — to understand where you want to start
- If you have spoken to someone that does what you want to be able to do — this will give you insight into the day2day and also the hard road ahead