Why the grind is important
I think the grind is totally underappreciated in today’s society. Since technology has come around, we have been able to breeze by in certain tasks letting machinery take the wheel.
But the grind I want to talk about doesn’t have anything to do with tilling fields, or building a railroad. It’s about learning and doing.
Let me ask you this. What do you think would be the best way to learn how to do something? By watching someone (i.e. copying someone’s code) perform a task, then you yourself move onto the next one? Or, by watching someone do a task, then trying to perform that task yourself?
If you underestimate the value in performing such a task and you don’t work through it, you’re more likely to gain nothing from it.
The old saying that practice makes perfect is something I, personally, dismissed in high-school because, shoot, I knew everything, right? But being where I am in life at the ripe ole age of 24, I can see the truth behind that saying.
Unfortunately a lot of people don’t believe in that saying. Had I back in high-school, who knows where I would be (in all honesty, it would probably be right here writing this post), but you know what I mean!
So why is it important?
Well if you’re a young guy, old guy or somewhere in between, then this is for you (or you know, if you’re just starting out in programming, designing, or what have you, well I suppose this is also for you)!
The grind is critical to learning. Not understanding why a certain piece of code isn’t working? Grind it out. Want to perform a complex task in said code? Grind it out. Trying to learn a new skill, language or whatever tickles your fancy? Grind it out.
Let me tell you, new guy, that there is no better feeling than the feeling you get when you successfully push through your obstacles and solve your issue. Although the feeling sucks in the moment, cherish it, for you are growing, developing, and on your way to a sweet breakthrough!
Don’t give up!
Hold up! If you feel like giving up on whatever is giving you problems, I caution you to think a little first. Emotions can get in the way and, like everyone else, deep down we want to take the path of least resistance. It’s science! However, when the going gets tough, the tough get going, and not in any other direction than right into the face of the obstacle.
Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes turning in another direction is the way to go, but hear me out. Just keep trying to figure out your issue, take a break even. but don’t stop.
Even though it seems hard, remember not only are you building your skill, you’re building character, and that’s critical!
Don’t let emotions take over and cloud your judgement.
Along with technical skill as a result of grinding through problems, you can also attain a few soft-skills.
For one, you’re building patience, you may be driving your head into your desk wondering why you ever decided to pursue the career that you did, while your dog barks incessantly because, well, ’cause he’s a dog, but you’re building patience and perseverance!
Number two, you build good work ethic, some can be born with it, others, you get it through practice and a certain mindset, but that’s for a different time.
If you were to hire 1 of 2 potential employees, who would you go for? The guy who when is faced with a challenge, pokes and prods a little bit, seems like he is getting it, but ends up giving up in the end? Or the one who has consistently pushed through challenges facing him. May have taken him longer than expected, may of drank too many energy drinks that would be a horse run to the moon…somehow…but he did it.
I would pick the latter. Be that someone.
So what am I saying? TL;DR
I’m saying keep grinding, you’re building yourself up. If you want to give up, talk to someone, take a break, try a new approach, but keep trying.
Be encouraged, take heart, the struggle is over, keep going.
Tyrel Chambers is the Co-Founder and CEO of KeySpark. He is learning how to be a better leader and forging new legacies.
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