Learning in public

Learning in public

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There is one rule, and that is this one. The other rules are more or fewer elaborations of rule #1.

You already know that you will never stop learning. Most people, however, "learn in private" and lurk. In other words, they consume content without creating any of their own. Again, that's fine, but we're here to discuss being in the top quintile. Creating learning exhaust is what you do here:

  • Create cheat sheets, blogs, and tutorials.

  • Attend conferences and meetups.

  • On Stackoverflow or Reddit, you can ask and answer questions. It is best to avoid walled gardens such as Slack and Discord; they aren't public.

  • Make Youtube videos or Twitch streams.

  • Start a newsletter.

Make what you wish you had found while learning. Talk to yourself from 3 months ago rather than judging your results by "claps" or retweets, stars, or upvotes. My almost-daily development blog is written for no one else but me.

Are you ready for this? Your content doesn't have to reach as many people as possible. If you can do that, remember me when you're you're famous. But the biggest beneficiary of your trying to help past you is the future you. If others benefit, that's icing.

Oh, you think you're done? Don't stop there:

  • Have you watched a video about coding you've enjoyed? Getting in touch with the speaker/instructor and asking questions is a good idea.

  • Contribute to libraries that you use by making PRs.

  • Make your own libraries no one will ever use.

  • Clone stuff you like from scratch to see how they work.

  • Teach workshops.

  • Go to conferences and summarize what you learned.

Still, start erecting a patient knowledge base that grows over time, If you are tired of creating one-off effects. Open Source your Knowledge! At every step, Document what you did and the problems you answered.

The greeting under this rule would be Try your stylish to be correct, but don't solicitude when you are wrong.Repeatedly.However, good, If you feel uncomfortable or like a fraud. You are pushing yourself. Don't assume you know everything, but try your stylish anyway, and let the internet correct you when you're inescapably wrong. Wear your impassiveness on your sleeve.

Do people suppose you stink? Good. You agree. Ask them to explain, in detail, why you stink. Do you want to feel good, or do you want to be good? No expostulations, no hurt passions. Also, go down and prove them wrong. Of course, if they get vituperative, block them.

Did I mention that tutoring is a stylish way to learn? Talk while you decode. It can be stressful, and Ihaven'thaven't done it all that much, but my intelligent, specialized interviews have been where I ended up talking like I educate instead of desperately trying to prove myself. We are creatures; we are attracted to confidence and can smell despair.

At some point, you will get some support behind you. People notice genuine learners.They'llThey'll want to help you. Don't tell them, but they just came from your instructors. This is veritably important. Pick up what they put down. Suppose they as offering up searches for you to complete. When they say," Anyone willing to help with,?" you are that sprat in the first row with your hand formerly raised. These are elderly masterminds, some of the most in-demand people in tech.They'llThey'll spend time with you, 1 on 1, if you help them out(p.s. and there is always a commodity they want help on). You can pay for this stuff.They'llThey'll educate you for free. Utmost people need to see what is right in front of them. But not you.

"With such numerous inferior devs out there, why will they help me?" you ask.

Because you learn in public, by tutoring you, they educate you numerously. You amplify them. You have one thing they need A beginner's mind. Do you see how this works?

At some point, people will start asking you for help because of all the stuff you put out. 80 of inventors are"dark" theydon'tdon't write or speak or share in public tech converse. But you do. You must be an expert. Don't tell them youaren'taren't. Answer stylishly as you can, and pass it up to your instructors when you need help or right.

Ultimately, you run out of instructors and break effects singly. You are still putting out content, however. Do you see how this works?

Learn in public.