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Small things add up

Thu, Oct 06 2022

Yesterday I had a conversation with an ex-colleague of mine. He asked me what I had been up to in the past few months.

And frankly, my answer was quite a mouthful.

I finished Docker and Kubernetes courses on Udemy, passed the CS50x class, read through K&R and The Rust Book, and started a CCNA course.

I also gave life to this blog and learned a lot about Git internals.

Meanwhile, maintaining a full-time job and doing some fun side projects. All in the past 18 months or so.

The thing is, at the time I went through the courses and read the books, it didn't feel like much progress was being made.

I wasn't even giving it 100%. I slacked a lot.

Scrolled through Reddit posts instead of watching the course video I was supposed to be watching. Spent more time on YouTube than I care to admit.

But taking a step back, gaining hindsight, and then saying out loud all the stuff I've been working on... Boy, did it make me feel accomplished.

What I want to say is that even studying for like 20 minutes a day, 3-4 days a week, does make a difference.

Even on a not-so-long timescale. Eighteen months. It's not that much.

Yet the small things add up to create something I can look back on and be proud of.