This post was originally published on May 7, 2020 on my blog.
Thursday, Thursday, Thursday! Last night, I attended a great webinar put on by Twilio where participants got to try their hand at a live coding exercise via HackerRank.
Honestly, it was actually my first time doing that, and it was challenging - in a good way! I learned a lot afterward about best practices during the debrief from the host, Corey, and it really inspired me to start practicing with those timed coding exercises.
In fact, practicing live/timed coding exercises has always been one of those things at the back of my mind in an "I'll cross that bridge when I come to it" kind of way, and now I'm definitely thinking that I've come to that bridge lol.
I think I'll probably set myself up to do a few practice rounds each week. It's just something that I'm going to have to sit down, set a timer, and do.
That being said, I'm becoming more and more conscious of my tendency to shy away from new things that I don't know how to do because my underlying thought is that 'I don't know how.'
Looking back, it has been one of the determining factors in leading to procrastinating on important things in my life, but I'm realizing more and more that if I just purposefully work to switch the script and tell myself that the only way I'll eventually know how to do it is if I jump in and start practicing and getting experience with it!
Well, folks, we've made it to the bridge ... let's cross!