The truth about becoming a web developer

I seriously feel like Scrooge, sometimes.

The grumpy old man, scoffing at the kids and their little “hacks” and gimmicks… imploring them not to get all wrapped up in every shiny new object that comes along… knowing full well they’re not gonna listen.

I especially feel it when it comes to LEARNING web development.

I get all these emails or YouTube comments or Facebook messages from aspiring web developers about staying motivated and getting through the hard parts of learning to code…

And, they’re always look for some “tip”…

Or “strategy”…

When, the truth is…

You can’t “hack” your way through that.

I think we’ve created such a “life hack” culture that the youngins seem to think there’s a “hack” for everything. Feeling uninspired. Life hack! Procrastinating a lot lately. Life hack! Arm got chopped off… life hack!

Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way.

Sometimes, you just gotta sack up and grind through it.

And, what matters in those moments is commitment.

How committed are you?

Think about that for a second.

Really ask yourself:

“How committed am I?”

Would you do whatever it takes to make this happen?

If so, you’re in good shape. And, you just need to realize that sometimes, some things are going to suck. Every day isn’t going to be rainbows and butterflies. “Love what you do and never work a day in your life” is a trap, in many ways.

But, if you’re committed, it won’t matter.

If this is what you really want, you’ll keep going.

That said, procrastination and burnout are real things. And, while there’s a certain amount of “you just gotta gut it out”, there are things you can do to not get so overwhelmed and stressed out as you go through all this.

These are non-hacks.

The purple-haireds would call them “life hacks”…

To make them sound secksy.

But, really they’re just common sense.

Anyway, using this stuff I’ve created and released 5 new courses in the last 6 months… all while running a business, homeschooling my kids and building a house. I know there’s no way I could have done it without this approach.

Of course, I have no idea if it’ll work for you.

I’m not some productivity “guru”.

But, if you wanna learn what I do…

I teach it in my NO B.S. Guide to Get More Done course.

And, you can get no-cost access to it on SkillShare.

All the deets on that are here: https://skl.sh/2yIl8oP

Later,

John

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