Life-Long Learning

Life-Long Learning

Life-long learning should be the mantra of the web developer. Not responsive first or mobile first or function over fashion or… always clean your plate. Since the web is an ever changing polymorphic blob of change, so too should be your mind.

If you’re always learning”, as Chris Hardwick would say, “you always stay young.

I believe that to be true. Look at William Shatner, he’s 84 and still kickin’ ass. He credits that to the never-ending pursuit of knowledge. Same goes for Ian McKellen.

If you’re always pushing yourself to gain new insight, you’ll always be ahead of the curve when it comes to development. It’s not about making stuff for the web, it’s about pushing the limits and changing it for the better. And when you’re hungry for knowledge, that’s not such a big challenge. Being open to new learnings is what will make or break the web and you as a developer.

I hate to say that I have a “passion for learning”. Just because although that’s true, it seems a bit overused. Hunger is another great analogy. Its one thing to say it on a resume, but it’s an entirely different thing to live by the sword, sort of speak. Don’t worry, employers can sniff out those of you who are faking. That’s also the most wonderful thing about the web. If you love to learn, there’s never a shortage of love. If continuously learning new techniques and methodology isn’t your bag baby, then web development isn’t for you.

You don’t need to know what you’re looking for to learn about the web. If you hear a term you’re not familiar with in a conversation or a podcast, look it up. Odds are you’ll fall down the rabbit hole for a couple hours. I keep a running backlog of research topics. There are tons of newsletters you can check out too that will deliver new topics daily to your front door.

Any fool can know. The point is to understand. – Einstein

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