I will pay for books, courses or tutorial series as long as it makes senses to me in terms of not wasting time to Google or picking the person's brain in the technology stack I plan to do.
I just choose to pick my own battles in terms of what I buy I guess.
Like I would go for books that help to teach development mindset or fundamentals like Clean Code or Phoenix Project.
Ultimately I pay for their voice & effort to condense what they know into something tangible which might be in a form of books, courses or workshops.
I treat it as I'm paying them to mentor me at my own dime and effort to absorb the material to create something in the real world from what I had learnt.
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