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3 tips to remain confident as a new developer from someone who’s been there (and still is)

Photo by Camille Orgel on Unsplash

I’ve been coding for about a year. At the beginning, I felt overwhelmed. I still feel that way occasionally though notably less so.

Here are three things I’ve told myself over the past year to keep pushing through and what I remind myself even now when I’m doubting my abilities.

1. Failure is normal

And it’s not your enemy. I can think of very few professions where failure is a daily occurrence. Sometimes your code doesn’t compile. Sometimes your algorithm doesn’t work like you expect. Sometimes you break the whole app (lol, it me)

2. The bar isn’t as high as you think

It can be easy to fall into the mindset that you should know more than you do. But honestly, no one expects you to walk in day one of your first project or first job knowing everything. But if you’re anything like me and expect more of yourself

3. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know now

There was a time when you didn’t know what a string was, didn’t understand loops, or how to access data stored in an object. If you don’t know those things, there will be a time you do. And there will be a time when more advanced topics that you’re struggling with now become second nature too.

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