I found out about Bitmaker and programming bootcamps exactly one month ago on July 16th. The thought of learning to code in *just* 9 weeks seemed almost too good to be true. Is it possible? How can you go from zero to a ruby hero in little over two months?
Now that I’m here and (deep) in the trenches of this course I’d like to have a conversation with myself of only one month ago. Yes, you can become proficient with code in nine weeks, but - and here is the crucial part - the time that you have to spend learning to code is not decreased.
See, there are no shortcuts. If you want to go to level three in any skill where you are at a level one, guess what? You have to go through level two. You don’t jump magically to the next stage in your personal evolution just by signing up for this (or any) course or by showing up. You still have to learn this shit. And you better learn it fast!
All that stuff about the 10,000 hours is true. While the amount of time is overstated, the actual point of that big scary number is to convince you that in order to achieve proficiency in any field you have to put in the time. No way around it.
So why do an immersion-course-style-boot-camp? Why not do it on my own at my own time? I’ll tell you. What an immersion course like this one offers you isn’t so much a short cut but that it’s forcing you to focus.
When I was trying to learn coding on my own I would run into an obstacle and after an hour or so I would put it aside till ‘the next time’. On good weeks ‘the next time’ was the next day, but already I had forgotten a little of what I was learning. When ‘the next time’ ended up being next week… well, I had to almost start over. In this course you don’t have that luxury. You run into an obstacle and you better get through it!
The pain is more acute, more immediate, but the gains are also immediate. The point is that you don’t waste time superficially relearning the same thing over and over again. The immersion gives you the opportunity to let it stick, so you end up *saving* time by having no choice but to move forward. Sink or swim is powerful motivation.
Of course this begs the question, ‘are you sinking or swimming Mr. Minnis?’
Talk to me tomorrow. I got work to do.
The Bitmaker resident magician Ria, (I believe that actually is her job title) brought all the fixin’s this morning, I manned the irons, and we had ourselves a bona fide Waffle mash down! Yum! Good times!