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Dealing with Impostor Syndrome while Learning How to Code

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  1. Avatar Greg says:

    I can relate to a few of these imposter types. I haven’t lost all hope yet though. I try to stay positive and keep a desire to learn.

    The world of programming is overwhelming, especially for a newbie like me. There are so many tools that I’m not sure which ones are worth learning. I always hear “Well it depends on what you’re trying to do!” But this doesn’t help. I’m catching the late train for JavaScript. It has been around for a relatively long time and has had many improvements and additions as far as an endless list of libraries and new frameworks are concerned.

    I took a JS crash course on Udemy to prepare myself to jump straight into React. While I was able to accomplish a couple of cool things, I could never do it on my own. The simplest of tasks were intimidating and I felt I needed to see how other people did it in order to finish the task. Maybe that’s normal, but I wondered how I was going to succeed if I couldn’t understand why anything worked.

    I’m taking a different approach now. I’m setting my ~30 Udemy courses aside so I can learn from books instead. I’m going back to the basics of vanilla ES6 until I can solve challenges with confidence, knowing I have what it takes to get the job done.

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