Coding is hard. Seriously. The last few work days have been extremely hard for me as I’ve been trying to learn a new library and struggling; heck failing. Yes, failing.
It felt similar to this:
Learning and innovating go hand-in-hand with failures every now and then, right? Of course. But how do you tell your colleague(s), stakeholder(s), and/or customer(s) that you failed? It’s incredibly difficult.
Two little things came into my life this morning that made everything better, and I hope they will have as much of an impact on someone else as they did on me:
- Even the best of the best feel this way sometimes.
Don’t overestimate the world and underestimate yourself; you are better than you think.
YOU have gifts to share with the world.
YOU are not alone.
YOU are not flawed.
YOU are human.
NEVER, ever give up.
- Start using a four-letter word.
When you complete any task, no matter how small, say the word: Done. Break down those large “beast-like” tasks into smaller ones and either say or write down the word “Done” when you complete it.
Not only are we creating an emotional reaction by using the word, we are also releasing serotonin, our body’s ‘feel good’ chemical, allowing us to feel calm and satisfied. Seriously, do this, and do it often.