As humans, we yearn for knowledge. We want to learn things we don’t currently know. This desire comes from watching movies and TV, being inspired by our friends, and sometimes from boredom.
Whether you’re learning a new spoken language or a new programming language, the beginning stages of learning are often the hardest. You’re reading all this content, watching all these videos, doing all these exercises – but are you actually learning?
You won’t ever actually learn anything if you never put it into practice. Shia LaBeouf said it pretty well. JUST DO IT!
If you’re learning French, you need to start Skype calling a French person to actually speak the language. If you’re learning Python, you need to start actually writing Python code. If you’re trying to learn how to maintain your car yourself, you need to actually start changing your own oil.
This stuff isn’t rocket science. Steve Jobs once said,
When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life.
Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
This is so true, yet we still fall prey to the same fallacies of our own minds, over and over again. Your mind says, I can never be as smart as Neil deGrasse Tyson, so why even try to learn astrophysics? Perhaps you’ve dealt with internet bullying online that makes you think you’ll never be a good web developer. Maybe you even think that the thing you love to do the most isn’t worth it because of the possible rejection you’ll face.
Just. Do. It.
You don’t have to be perfect at what you do, and you likely never will be – but that does not mean you shouldn’t try!
Get out there and show the world how much of a badass you are. You have to start by putting what you’re learning into practice. Pen to paper. You get the picture. Now go kick some ass.