Eat the frog if you wanna be a web developer

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Mark Twain once said:

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

(For you frog-leg-eating weirdos… probably not a big deal.)

What he meant was…

Your frog is your biggest, most important task for the day. Probably the thing you’re dreading but know you should do… and will likely procrastinate on if you think about it too much.

(Which, for me, is cleaning the cat litter box in my house. Blek.)

So, each day… that’s the thing you should do first.

Get it out of the way…

And, it’s all downhill from there.

And, even if you accomplish nothing else the rest of the day… you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you got that one big, ugly, important thing done.

(That and your cats aren’t gonna poop all over your house… which is always a bonus.)

I see this a lot with developers.

It’s why so many are enamored with the latest and greatest language or framework of the day. They’re avoiding the frog. The foundational, harder-to-learn languages that run the web.

  • It’s why developers learn Bootstrap before really mastering HTML and CSS.
  • It’s why I get emails from developers who know Django but not Python.
  • It’s why I get developers asking if they should learn Laravel or PHP first.

It’s true… that frog is big and ugly… and kind of scary. (And, in my case, smells worse than a Motel 6 bathroom after a chili dog eating contest.)

But, if you wanna be a web developer…

You better get good at eating frogs…

Because that’s your job.

Your clients, your boss, family members, random people on the street who learn you’re a developer… there’ll be no shortage of people serving up brand new, wart-covered frogs for you to devour with a smile.

Developing the mindset of aggressively tackling hard problems early on… is key.

So, get in the habit by tackling the very first problem every developer has… learning how to code… the right way. And, if you want an expert frog chef to show you the way, I recommend you start here.

Your frog, chopped up into bite-size morsels…

Seasoned to perfection…

And, slowly roasted over an open flame…

For you to consume with delight.

Way better than trying to gulp that sucker down whole (then choking on it, turning all red and passing out, then some random stranger giving you the heimlich and you say thanks but feel kinda stupid… then it’s gets awkward. No bueno.)

Go here:

(Or else I’m gonna just let my cats poop everywhe– wait.)

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