Why Not You?

Thanks to this blog and also my reputation, I often get suggestions as to what language I should try next.

Here’s the thing that happens (almost) every single time I get recommended something.

Often the person doing the recommending is someone who possibly hadn’t tried the language (obvious exceptions), and so my first natural thought is to recommend, “well, why not you?”

I have encountered one too many people, professors as well as students, who believe that the road to any journey begins with a course—as if it is the only way that anyone learned anything.

The fact is, that a journey can begin with many other routes, often far cheaper than any course. It could begin with independent research, a small book, or even an Internet website (or collection thereof).

I have a lot to do already. Over the course of this week I have decided that I am going to neglect some of my current languages and bring up some others (I’ll reveal which at some point, provided that my decision remains intact).

So the next time you think that I should take up language X, here’s the thing…

Why don’t you try to learn language X?

Nothing’s stopping you.

Ask anything from me.

I’ll give you the advice you need. Not that any of it would be original. Most of my ideas aren’t. Most of my methods for doing anything aren’t.

I didn’t say it was going to be easy, however. The journey is twisted, long, and full of obstacles and setbacks. Some of the time, it may be full of shame and self-doubt and vexation. But nothing’s stopping you from undertaking it. And even if you decide to turn back, you may find out that it was well worth it and that you learned something.

The road is right there in front of you. Sometimes, you don’t have to pay any money for it. Most of the time, you don’t need to pay hefty fees for programs or courses. All you need to do is be ready to experiment, and be ready to persist.

The prizes that you will find later will thank you.

So what are you waiting for?

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