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How do you stay motivated to learn and progress?

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In the thread below, tell us how you stay motivated to learn and progress.

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Sarah Bartley

Having a strong why. One of the things I've learned is that a strong why makes it possible to tolerate any how something that is thrown my way.

Another thing that helps me stay motivated is just listening to podcast interviews from other devs. When I need a motivation boost, I listen to an episode of CodeNewbie. Hearing other devs talk about their stories and what it took to get them where they are now reminds me that I can do it.

Then there's listening to an fun song or music you like. My favorite motivation music is the Wonder Woman theme. The score always gets me motivated and ready to tackle anything that comes my way.

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Dulya Perera

Exactly, listen to the dev podcasts help lot to stay motivated๐Ÿ’†โ€โ™€๏ธ.

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Elijah Ishaku

Well said, a strong why reminds of what makes everything worth it and you keep moving no matter what

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Anja
  • watching Tutorials for things above my skills to see what I can do if I learn and practice more
  • pick projects that are about topics I like or find really useful

But all in all I struggle with motivation and hope Codeland helps a bit :)

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Teniola Olowookere

I resonate heavily with the watching tutorials of things that are above my skills part. It makes me more motivated; more like an adrenaline rush?

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Anja

Yeah exactly! Maybe it's because of the overexcited techno music people use in the background as well. ๐Ÿ˜

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Teniola Olowookere

Yes ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ It gets me all excited and bubbly!

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Kithmini๐ŸŒธ

Sometimes, I get tired and feels like I don't want to do it anymoe likewise. But I stay motivated cauz, I want to achieve my targets. Everything I want to do depends on my career. Therefore I stay motivated.๐Ÿ™Šโ€‹๐Ÿคญโ€‹

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Silvia Espaรฑa Gil

I would say two things:

  • My goals: I always try to remember myself why I have choose this path for me. If I'm feeling to overwhelmed I give myself time just to fuel up
  • Looking back: One of my favourite exercises is to look back to exercises I've done just to see all I've move forward. That is such a motivator and a REAL reminder that I'm growing
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Dulya Perera

I have been following several dev communities. So that I'm always seeing the new things which make myself to have a curiosity, thinking and questioning that how they did that thing, such thing exciting in this world, how possible it be?? etc. Then I start to follow up the tutorials if exists or else I'll google it. Exploring and Doing Experiments are kept me motivated. So I will never ever stop searching and experimenting.

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Maria Silva

Learning to code at home with a self paced workshop can be really isolating. One of the things I started doing was listening to The freeCodeCamp podcast, stories like "from successful plumber to full-time developer" are so inspiring! Those stories keep me going! Another thing I recently started doing was participating in #100DaysofCode to keep myself accountable and to keep going everyday.

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mariessad • Edited

I have to break into tech to live the life I want! So I am motivated because to me there are no other options. I have to work hard and keep going to reach my goal of getting my first Developer role, and then continue on learning forever because that is the life of a Dev.

ALSO, it's important to take breaks so you don't burn yourself out! There is seemingly a never-ending amount of things to learn, take your time. Progress happens with slow and steady work over time.

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Gulshan aggarwal

I feel failed sometimes or losses motivation but reading people journey in the tech, their struggles always inspires me. I even ask to myself if they can do at the age of 35 or 40 then, I'm just 21 why I can't? These line charges up me & I become more focused because of the new energy.

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Cherron

The main thing that helps me is making it a point to do something code-related everyday for at least 5 minutes. Whether it's pushing a commit, researching a framework, or reading through some documentation, that 5 minutes usually turns into much more. I also try to engage in various dev communities and seeing everyone achieve their goals is a huge inspiration and motivation.

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Jay

My motivation to learn and progress in software engineering, starts with keeping a routine. I am currently going through the #100Devs program called "Learn with Leon" on Twitch where we are encouraged to use electronic "flashcards" (Anki) to remember concepts, use "spaced repetition" to continually review your flashcards daily and reinforce our learning, to code at least two hours daily if your schedule and family obligations allow it and learn how to ask for help when we are stuck either on Discord, Twitter or Stack Overflow.

On days where I am not motivated, this routine for me helps me remember my purpose which is getting back into the tech field and keeps me on track.

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Matt Eves

Having a project / goal that I'm working on has helped motivate me, especially where it is a group project and not just my own. This has meant I'm accountable to others which has added motivation. The trade-off is I work full time in a non-coding career, with a young family and all the associated "stuff" that comes with those things so the trick is finding the healthy balance between everything ๐Ÿ˜…

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Alexander Bourlotos

I am employed as a dev but I wouldn't say that I'm doing anything currently that makes me feel fulfilled in life. Not just for myself, but I'd like to put value into the most time consuming part of my day. I want to be able to be proud of the things I do so I can talk with confidence and pride to others that show interest.

Learning new things always fills me with a sense of accomplishment, so I keep doing it!

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Valeria Cerpa Salas

I am motivated to learn and progress remembering what first motivated me to start this learning path. I think about that moment and I also think about the vision I have of myself after finishing this learning process, where I want to go, where I want to work and what I want to do. I also think about my family, since they are my main motivation to move forward.

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Bobby Trejo

Honestly at times it can be hard to stay motivated. But I feel its best to have a goal or something in mind that you are working towards to help drive you to succeed.

Currently doing a self-taught route and utilizing online resouces mostly free, but some paid as well.

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I stay motivated because I have kind of a clear goal where I want to be in the next months / next year. And only consistency is the key to achieve my dreams.
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