Gaetan, lets dissect your post shall we!
Nick Warner Savage
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The line I am focusing on here is the following. Said in the context of having transformed his life in a single year.

I think any sufficiently motivated person could do the same.

He doesn’t say some “most people” or “some people”, he says “any person”.

He doesn’t say “could achieve similar” or “could improve their earning potential”, he says you could “do the same” as in “exactly the results I got”.

Anyonethe same.

What’s worse, if you cannot pull this off for some reason, he actually blames you by pointing out that you are “insufficiently motivated”. The line and its surrounding paragraph actually hold you directly to blame if you haven’t pulled it off for some reason.

When I was a bodybuilder everyone asked how I did it... Resources? Really!!. Search around there are so many free resources you can get to learn to code.

I’m not talking about resources (the articles you find online). I’m talking about Resources (the availability of time and money).

Being a pro builder is like 80% nutrition and you need a job to fund that nutrition. If you need $800 in protein every month, you certainly can’t do that on a minimum wage job.

There is no amount of motivation that can turn a Kenyan earning $2 / day into a professional body builder.

But you also need Resources (personal talents and skills) that you can contribute to the cause. There is no amount of motivation that can teach an average 5'1 female to dunk to a basketball.

Believe it or not, most people learning to code do not have illnesses, most are fairly young and in good health. I am 52 with a multitude of health problems and I can still spend 10 hours a day learning to code…

There are variety of chronic illnesses. Some people are able to work through them without treatment, others are not. But remember, according to the Author, if you cannot achieve the Author’s result, it’s not because of your chronic illness, it’s because you were not motivated enough.

The reason the original statement is unfair is because it assumes similar access to Resources.

The author needed 2500 hours of self-training to achieve this goal. They were a high-skilled university graduate to start. They worked very limited hours for most of the year and were able to live under a small measure of debt while doing their final job hunt.

Imagine a reader who needs a similar amount of self-training to achieve the same goal. But that reader has only a high school education, had to care for dependents and needed to work. If the reader wants the same thing, but needs two years to accomplish that goal, the author indicates that they are insufficiently motivated. (and consequently failing)

The Author doesn’t say you need more time or a better plan, they just say you needed more motivation despite obviously having to work harder than the Author.

  • Born with an 80 IQ? Insufficiently Motivated! 
    This stuff is easy.
  • Dyslexia? Learning Disability? Insufficiently Motivated!
    Who cares if it takes twice as long to learn, you should have found 5000 hours instead!
  • Limited Computer Access? Insufficiently Motivated!
    Sleep on the sidewalk outside of the library, your kids can tuck themselves in.

This statement is harmful because it takes a difficult task (spending 2500+ hours learning to program) and trivializes the process. And then it casts blame for failure by telling others that they lack motivation or they would have been equally successful.

It takes no account of luck or starting resources or innate talent.

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