Why I started
I'm currently studying a Software Engineering degree in México. I was having so much trouble to stay motivated with school. The education isn't that bad, but the problem is that they mostly focus on theory and we barely develop software.
I decided to start learning web dev by myself. I already knew programming, SQL Databases and some HTML/CSS, so that was a really good starting point.
My main goal was to end up doing a few full stack applications. Did I achieve it? Keep reading for the outcome
Struggling in the process
During the journey I struggled a lot with motivation, college really shut me down, and lots of times I felt like I wasn't achieving anything, but in the last 30 days I learned a good lesson...
The real goals
...I discovered that we commonly miss-understand motivation. We think that we should always stay motivated, but that's impossible, therefore, it's a really bad idea to rely on motivation.
Build habits and drop bad ones. Make discipline your fuel. Motivation is just a boost!
The real goals of the challenge are:
- Build habits that allow you to achieve what you want
- Connect with other people, it doesn't matter if they're code newbies or seniors
- Make progress on specific topics
What I've achieved
- I manage to learn VueJS, Tailwind and Django, all at a basic level of course.
- Made multiple HTML/CSS or Bootstrap websites
- Started freelancing
- Made a fulltsack app that is a reddit clone with a new design. Check it out on https://microdit.ml
Now that I've started freelancing I want to focus on building a successful business and an online presence, but most importantly, to connect with people all over the world.
Tips for people starting the Challenge
- Count only coding days. I've seen people counting days where they don't code, but I think it would be more satisfying to complete the challenge with 100 coding days.
- Be flexible with your plans and don't worry if they don't come up as you wanted. Keep moving forward.
- Learn to learn. School has given us a bad approach to learn practical skills. Learn by doing.
- Most importantly, enjoy the process
I wish you a good journey and hopefully you get where you want to.
Top comments (2)
This is very inspiring, I'm in the process of a very similar challenge myself. Thanks for sharing :-)
Thanks to you for commenting. I wish you achieve your goals