This is probably the most inspirational article I've ever read.

You should probably take 5 minutes of your day and read it too.

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This is probably the most inspirational article I've ever read.

Posted 14 January 2010 - 09:47 PM

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I Have No Talent



The other day someone sent me an IM and thanked me for my open source contributions. They then said something about wishing they had my gem/code creation talents. I didnít miss a beat and informed them that I have no talent.

It is true. I have no talent. What I do have is a lot of practice. And I am not talking about occasionally dabbling in Ruby on the weekends. I am talking about the kind of practice where I beat code that isnít working into submission (though often times the code wins).

The kind of practice where all of a sudden I realize that it is 2am and Iím exhausted physically so I should go to bed, but mentally I feel on fire so I let the code have me for another hour or two (I imagine this state to be like a marathon runner or ironman near the end of their race).

The kind of practice that leads to a GitHub profile stuffed with code I regret (and am embarrassed about, but donít delete to remind me of where I once was) and code I am proud of (not near as much as I am embarrassed about though).
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I am also not very smart. I have a good memory (though my wife will tell you it has some missing pieces) and I work really hard. Really hard. I get that from my dad. He is also not very smart (his words, not mine), with a good memory and works really hard. :)

I am sick of hearing people say, ďOh, I love your code, I wish I could do that.Ē You can. The only reason you canít is because you donít practice enough. I used to think that I wasnít smart enough. I was jealous of those that did crazy code stuff that I couldnít even comprehend. Then, one day, I ran into something I did not understand and instead of giving up, I pushed through. I sat there in front of my computer for hours and wrestled with class and class instance variables.

That day was a turning point for me. It was the last time I thought that whether or not I was successful depended on my talent or intelligence. It really comes down to hard work people. Ever since then, I have attacked each thing that I do not understand until I understand it.

I will close with this. I still suck. There are still so many people out there who are far better than I am, but that does not stop me anymore. I do not measure myself against the programming greats, but against those projects on my Github profile from years ago.



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Posted 15 January 2010 - 03:19 AM

He works in the same way I do. Doing what he does is what got me the rudimentary knowledge of Monads that I have now.
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 06:05 AM

Add encouraging to inspiring! Thats what it is.

Though, you cannot rule out the extra (and I mean super extra) input talent brings, in the end sheer stick-to-it-ive, determined-hardwork wins. Trust me when I say talent is NEVER enough to take you to the heights of success.

A great read indeed!
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 10:22 AM

If you do not have a learning experience such as this one in your life, you will never accomplish anything. If you do manage to have it, however, you will never be stopped by anything.
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 10:38 AM

Yeah working as a programmer for me isn't just a 9-5 job and I myself contribute to open-source projects, volunteer by making websites or repair PC's for friends or neighbors. I have found doing this allows me to get the edge I need from my competitors and really learn and shape the craft of my work.
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Posted 15 July 2014 - 06:02 AM

Great article!

Well, before I was able to create lines of codes of a certain function for just a few minutes, I spent hours creating one when I was a beginner.

I have fallen into programming addiction (which others may call 'hard work' since I spent many hours programming) which helps me code a lot better than before.

The sleepless nights... the dark circles around the eyes... the headache upon seeing a new error... the panic I had felt after being prompted of 'Object Reference not set to an instance of an object'... All those stressful yet fun days of programming... I have never regretted any of them.

I am proud to be the programmer I am right now. Though, I still have a long way to go before being called great.
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Posted 15 July 2014 - 10:11 AM

i always liked the quote.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle
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Posted 18 July 2014 - 03:21 PM

Very inspiring indeed. Shows you dont have to be a prodigy to code.
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