There are two life lessons, in particular, that keep reappearing for me:
#I) Do not cut corners — make every effort to do something right the first time.
#2) You need to develop control of your brain to maintain focus and this is something that can be honed with practice.
Writing this 1/3 of the way through a coding bootcamp, the experience is reinforcing the importance of these life lessons and the importance of staying on top of them to accomplish goals.
Let’s take “cutting corners” first, for example. Cutting a corner to get something done quickly is tempting. It will temporarily get a task accomplished and you can go on to something new. Inevitably, though, it will result in more work down the line…almost every single time. Whether it is a task or a concept, the long-game is the same. If you don’t take the time to properly learn something in the beginning, it will come back to haunt you when a more complex concept builds upon it later. And then, guess what, you are going to put in the same amount of time to learn it later, with the added stress of falling behind. Moral of the story, don’t cut corners. Do it right the first time.
Now, sometimes training yourself not to cut corners may take a retraining of your brain pathways. While you are at it, though, you might as well train your brain in a further way: self-control & focus. Whether you want to gain this through meditation or sheer force of will, it is essential to moving forward in life. A mind that stays focused on a lecture, what somebody is saying to them, or what it is reading will absorb and retain significantly more than the one that wanders from thought to thought. If you are busy thinking about something going on at home, or if you are busy wondering why you aren’t getting a concept and doubting yourself, you are actively spending time and energy not learning and not improving. Gaining control of your own brain is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
As I move forward in the coding world (or in any other activity) I will be focusing on continuing to improve my mastery of both lessons.