Yes. This is actually how I got started learning development. In September, I found out my wife and I were having a baby. At the time, I made my money playing and coaching poker.
About a month later, I was playing and something completely changed me. This guy came in, under heavy influence of some kind of drug. He sat right next to me. I could see his cards, and it was clear to me that he had no idea what he was doing. He lost $2k in an hour before the poker manager threw him out. Seeing that made me realize that this is how I make a living. Taking money from people who are under the influence, who don't have time to study like I do. It wasn't a life I wanted to explain to my kid, it's not honorable.
A week later, someone contacted me (I kept a blog on my progress) letting me know about Web Development and how he started his journey being self taught. I looked into it and was hooked. It was amazing being able to type these characters and having different formats pop up on the screen.
After a couple of weeks, I decided to stop playing poker and put all my time into learning.
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