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April 10, 2018

I’ve Been Coding Forever and Still Suck. What Do I Do?

I got this YouTube comment from Christoffer:

“I code every day, about 5 hours a day for over a year and my coding capacity is really small.”

I’ve thought about this comment a lot.

I know the feeling and I really want to give Christoffer some hope. But, that’s the tricky thing about reality. It tends to butt its way in, even when you don’t want it to. And, here’s the reality of this.

It doesn’t matter.

I mean, did anyone say this was going to be easy?

Not me.

I took me almost five years to learn PHP. I know better than to tell people this coding thing is easy. It’s probably the hardest thing you’ll ever do in your life. It’ll frustrate and challenge you in ways nothing else can.

But, if you want it…

It doesn’t matter.

If it takes a year. 5 years. 10 years. It doesn’t matter. If this is truly what you want to do with your life, then you do it anyway. But, if it’s not… then, no amount of time can save you.

You could spend 100 years and never really “get” it.

Today, for me, PHP is nothing.

Even though, it took me as long as it did to learn. Once I did learn it, that was it. Now, I “got” it and I’ll never “lose” it. That’s just the way it works. And, that’s what you have to look forward to.

Grind and struggle and pull every hair in your head out…

Then, one day, it’s suddenly dead simple…

And, it’s like, “WTF just happened?”

Moral of the story:

If you really want it, keep grinding.

And, that’s it.

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