Self-Taught Developer: How Becoming A Web Developer Changed My Life

that genuine happiness seeing your project getting closer to completion, priceless.

I never thought I could be able to do something more with my life, I have never felt satisfied after years of working on a non-tech corporate world than seeing that first ‘Hello World’.

Do not wait, the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. — George Herbert

My favorite from George Herbert.

I’m just an average student. I have never thought of myself as a math genius or whatever, though I had good grades in math and failed in science, but genius? Delusional. I became a developer by teaching myself how to code, I didn’t have the time and the resources to go to the university and take engineering course because I needed to work to live, I couldn’t tell my parents that I want to study again, they are going to kill me, I don’t have my parents to support me, I needed to support myself, and to do it all, I know I needed a plan, I know it will be so hard, but my desire to change is what made it all possible, it became my force, I didn’t have the resources, the time, money, the only thing I had is this burning desire to change my life, and I simply persevere.

The thought of working in tech companies and working with engineers seems so overwhelming, in the 2 companies I have worked with for almost 4 years, I was the only one who didn’t have a degree in Engineering and Computer Science, I know I was the black swan, the outcast, I was prepared for that, that fear is still haunting me even until now, and the funny thing is most of them didn’t mind at all, they call you an engineer, it doesn’t matter where you came from, all they care is now, what can you do now, how are you going to do to change your circumstances, and how committed you are to learn and adapt, the fear is just an illusion, break it.

You have to pick a finite number of things to tell your mind to work in to. — Bill Gates

A good example is Lionel Messi, the hero, and villain for many, he is my hero, he is my goat (Greatest Of All Time). He was diagnosed with a growth hormone disorder or GHD. It is often called idiopathic short stature, being shorter than average. When everyone is calling him a genius, naturally talented, born to play football, alien, not from this planet, simply because of how good he is with Football, not just with skills but on every aspect, they call him genius because he always outsmarts the opponent, they call him born to play despite lacking the height requirements, because of how he mastered the sport and the skills, and you don’t have to be a genius to know how Leo Messi did it.

He simply spends most of his life practicing the skills, learning the game. You have to master the rules to break them, and the only way to master your craft is to be obsessed with them, be crazy about it, be addicted to it, dream about it, for 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, that’s what he did, he worked so hard even when no one is watching, the first one to come and the last one to leave the practice, they call it talent, I call it hard work.

When it comes to Web Development, the Senior Dev didn’t become seniors by talent, they became seniors through the years of practice, years of experience, every master needs to start somewhere, no one was born knowing how to sprint, everyone starts with learning how to walk.

Ever wonder how successful people did it? What did they do to achieve their greatness? their dreams? and what’s crazy is that most of them started from nothing, most of them are struggling a lot in life, most of them failed hundred times, most of them had nothing to lose and everything to gain, and they made it all possible because of all the things that happened, all the hardships, they used it as the force to become unstoppable.

When something isn’t working yet, you probably need to work a little harder, Whenever there’s something that you want to achieve, the best approach would be to see what’s between you and your end goal, What’s stopping you to achieve that goal, see the gap from your present to the future that you want, there is where you should put all your attention to. — Bill Gates, Inside Bill Gates Brain

Eyes on the prize, no matter what. Living the life that is bigger than ourselves is the greatest legacy.

Software/Mobile Developer

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