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I don’t remember how far into the road march we were. I know we started marching before the sun came up in the morning and we finally stopped after the sun had gone down at night.
My knees were throbbing.
My back felt like it was about to snap.
The straps from the ruck sack felt like they were slicing through my shoulders.
Every part of me wanted to quit. But, I remembered the advice our drill sergeant had given all of us before we started that day.
“Focus only on the next step and remember this is basic COMBAT training… in a real road march…”
You stop. You die.
As the sun set and my body was screaming at me to quit… that’s the only thing that kept me going.
There will be times when learning how to code will get hard.
You’ll want to quit.
But, you have to remember why you’re here. It’s about escaping that 9 to 5 you hate. It’s about working on things that matter. It’s about your (future) family. It’s about controlling your own destiny.
And if you stop… that dream dies.
I’ve rarely felt better than I did when we finally reached our destination at the end of that march and there was a big bonfire and victory celebration waiting.
The path you’re on now is important. It matters.
Which means it won’t always be easy. But, if you focus only on the very next step in front of you and remember those words, “you stop, you die”… you can get through the tough times and reach that final destination.
Where coding suddenly becomes easy.
Where you earn your living do it.
Where you work on projects you’re proud of.
You just gotta keep moving.
That said, you don’t have to make it harder than it needs to be. Getting the right instruction from the right people can lower the learning curve and help you turn coding into full-time income much faster.
Smart developers use the Complete Web Developer course to do just that:
See ya over there!
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