You only say you can’t, because you haven’t tried

Open up your mind!

I wasn’t smart enough to be a software engineer.
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That’s what Donn constantly fed himself.
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He says it has nothing to do with impostor syndrome, but that’s another conversation.
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Donn was a mechanic and cabinet maker until he found computers.
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Most software folks worked with computers and wrote programs from a young age (teenage and younger).
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At the age of 20 the only thing he could do was turn on a computer. He didn’t know how to do anything with it. he had never been on the internet, he had no idea what it is or why it was important.
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However, he could fix your motorcycle, car or small engine without issues. He could build you a gorgeous cabinet and do almost anything in the realm of wood working.
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It was one fateful day when someone showed him a computer and also, mainly the internet. He saw the opportunity. He saw that he could learn anything he wanted.
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He felt like the governor was removed from his own personal learning engine and he would later on spend the next 2 hours immersed.
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Two weeks later, he had saved up and bought his first computer.
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Even though he couldn’t afford it.
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He had to eat ramen for 3 weeks straight and was as sick as a dog. He had obviously thought one could live off ramen at that time. At ten cents a piece he was able to pay for his food for the next month for under ten dollars. Bargain. Except he got sick. Lesson learnt!
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He wanted to make a web page. His very own.
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He didn’t know anyone who could program computers, so he had to learn himself.
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He bought a book on how to teach yourself HTML in 24 hours.
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He shipped his first website just a week later.
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11 years later he wrote his first book on Android mobile development…… SUCH A WIN!
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The reason I’m telling you this is because even though you may think you “can’t do something” you really can. Donn never thought he’d be the one programming a computer or a phone. He would never have imagined he’d write a book teaching people how to do what he was fumbling through over and over.
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If you want something, go out and get it. Do it. Find a way. Make it happen.

P.S. The morale here is this; you need to try, because without doing, you can never know. You’ll definitely make mistakes and probably costly ones, allow yourself to fail as it’s just a part of the process. Much later down the years, you’ll look back and be glad for the learning curve.

SOURCE: Donn Felker http://bit.ly/2jjOXS3