Motivation Rut Advice

Hello, I know this comes up a lot but I am having some real motivation issues. I want to dig in and get the knowledge I need to get into the field but its hard getting to the projects at the end of a section to realize you don’t remember how to do parts of the syntax. I have restarted the first course at least 3 times now due to getting discouraged putting it down for awhile and trying again later but forgetting most of it. I am not even sure if I can get into the field without a degree and I don’t have the money or the time to even attempt that. Anyway sorry for the rant , any advice would be greatly appreciated.

HI @A-aron !

Welcome to the forum!

One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is thinking they have to memorize code and remember everything.
It is important to remember that you have only been exposed to this material a couple of times with very minimal practice.
It is completely normal to forget a lot of stuff.

The most important thing to remember is to understand the basic concepts and learn how to read documentation and debug error messages.
With more practice you will start to remember more things but it is impossible to remember everything because there is to much to keep track of and tech is always changing.

Also, on the job, you will be exposed to tons of new technologies so it is impossible to remember everything.
At the job I am at now, I have been there for a month and have had to work with technologies that were completely new to me.
But because I spent the time building a good starting foundation in the fundamentals in html, css and javascript and I know how to read documentation and error messages, I am able to get the work done and contribute to the projects.

There is no way I remember everything for each new technology I have to work with.
That is why the docs exist.

Focus your energy on understanding the basic concepts and lookup what you need to when building projects.

This really depends on what country you are from because some places put a lot of emphasis on degrees while other areas like the states don’t.

I am based in the states and was able to land a junior developer being self taught through fcc.
I relied on free online resources, built my own projects and became very active online through twitter, forums, discords, and other tech communities to build connections.

It is possible :slight_smile:

Hope that helps!


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