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On Escaping Tutorial Hell

theoboldalex profile image Alex Theobold ポ2 min read

If you are even considering the notion that you may be stuck in tutorial hell, you have already done too many many tutorials so let me make this easy for you. STOP. NOW. NO MORE TUTORIALS!

I have been there. I was stuck in what seemed to be a never ending loop of tutorial after tutorial, udemy course after udemy course and feeling like I was improving but when it came to writing my own programs, I was at a loss.

With hindsight, the solution to this problem was so simple but, therein lies the problem. We don't want to do the actual hard work of writing our own programs or, admit that following endless tutorials is simply a form of procrastination.

Now, I'm not claiming that all tutorials are bad, or that we shouldn't follow them when picking up something new but I think that it can be (and often is) used as a crutch to stop us from getting on with what we know that we should be doing. I can tell you now that no matter how many videos you watch or how many tutorials you follow, you will still end up facing challenges while building your projects that will frustrate and block your progress but the only way to surpass these challenges is to work through them.

So, my advice is simple. Stop following tutorials right now. Start a project. Work on it. Get stuck in to the documentation. Build the thing.

The truth is that we do not need to know every quirk or facet of every technology we use. We simply need to know enough to be dangerous or build the idea we have.

If you enjoyed this article, you may like to consider consuming some of Stefan Mischook's Youtube content. He uses the phrase "Learning on a need to nerd basis" which I think encapsulates this idea beautifully.

Until next time. 👋

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