A quote from Steve Jobs commencement speech at Stanford: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”
One thing we know for sure is that we need to keep our momentum and passion alive as we move into the intermediate levels. Trusting our intuition is key. We are not afraid to pivot and switch trails when we explore a path that is not connecting with us or we are not ready for. And we have been discovering trails off the path by our natural curiosity.
Lately, we have been building small projects on our own as we practice and implement everything we’ve learned to date, We start each week off with our code challenge goals. A typical day for us these days goes like this:
“What cool thing can we build today? Let’s see if we can do what this site does. How did they do that? Let’s research that. Let’s try it. No, that didn’t work. Why not? Let’s try something else. No, that definitely did not work. Let’s try something else. OMG, I completely ruined my code! Debug. Let’s check it out with Google Dev Tools. No wonder – it’s got a ‘fatal error,’ “
“Better go through our notes and check some of our trusty resources (Treehouse, Code Academy, Code School, Github, jQuery documentation, W3C, and more). We need to rewatch that tutorial. Let’s try it again. No. And again. Nothing. And again. We’re not moving on until we get this. Scratch that way, let’s try it this other way. OMG! it worked! High Five! That only took hours and days, but hey – we got it.”
Now we’ve got a few more dots to line up on our path. We know the dots will eventually connect. We trust our instincts and are doing what we love. Everything else will follow. “Let’s go that way. Do you think we can do that?”