Here’s my June 2016 goals:
Last month was super busy with the addition of the coding class I’m doing. It’s pushing the boundaries of how much quality work I can get done per month myself. Spending large parts of my days and nights on coding prevents other work from getting done.
However I still want to do this coding class….
When I first went to college in 2001 I wanted to major in computer science.
As you may recall, 2001 was a pretty big year in the internet bubble, and at the University of Texas at Austin over 17,000 students were applying for a computer science program with only 5,000 spots.
To manage that huge influx in applicants, they implemented a year-long “weed out” program where they put everyone through certain computer science classes, and only the top 5,000 students make it into the actual program.
I was one of the weeds :(
So I ended up getting a political science degree instead….which is essentially 100% worthless.
(To clarify, I think college = awesome…..political science = meh).
THERE WAS ONE SILVER LINING to this episode.
While I sucked at programming (in comparison to my much harder working student colleagues), I was constantly exposed to different technologies, computers, and in general got better than the average population at “computers”.
This allowed me to start a bunch of small businesses on the side, primarily on the web, and set them up quickly. This better understanding I had at technology allowed me to execute things faster, and understand things better. I would even hire my fellow students to complete programming tasks for me (and never paid over $50 for it)!
Last month I started a coding class in Austin.
In-person, two classes per week, 3+ hours each.
With additional homework, transit time, and brain capacity going into this, it’s taking up about 1/3rd of the total brain power I have dedicated towards KopywritingKourse.com articles and other content (if you noticed a slight slow-down in output lately, you know why).
I am taking this course for a few reasons:
1.) Probably as some sort of compensation for never hitting my aspiration of getting a computer science degree.
2.) My computer skillset is getting outdated. A refresh is welcome.
3.) “You don’t know what you don’t know.” When you learn about things you currently don’t know about, a whole new realm is opened up. You learn different ways of doing things, understand the world better, and can spot opportunities others can’t.
4.) Cuz I wanted to.
5.) All these cool-ass new toys like Artificial Intelligence API’s and stuff are coming out all the time, and I don’t even know how to use them :::throws tantrum:::. I enjoy building stuff and tinkering, and more and more of the stuff you can build nowadays is software-based.