As I clicked through my Facebook newsfeed last night, I came across this video that Mashable and my friend, Sarah, shared on their pages. It was very compelling and motivating to see the faces behind the products I use such as Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, etc. Once I finished this five and a half minute video last night, I decided to put my fashion-related post on hold for today and share this short video with you instead. If you haven’t seen this, you’ve got to!
If you know me at all, you know that I love to learn anything and everything (especially if there are free resources). From learning how to cook new recipes on Pinterest to “new facts of the day” to balancing on a skateboard, it was definitely a no-brainer to sign up on Code.org when I saw this video. As you are reading this, I already completed my first lesson (last night actually)! It only took a few minutes too!
Coding is really easy to learn like the great entrepreneurs on the video said, it just depends on you and if you have the determination to read and digest the information. I’ve taken a course in college before and trust me, if I could pass with A, so can you! These great minds have really inspired me so for the next few weeks, I will be (re)learning the basics of building a website to re-familiarize myself with HTML coding again.
Watching everyone who was featured on the video and their successes reminded me that around this time last year, when I first started my big girl job, I used HTML coding I learned from my MySpace years (Confession: I miss the MySpace days because that’s when I really taught myself coding by changing the background color, adding a music widget, etc.) to change up our company’s internal webpage!
On top of that, as I type this, it brings me back to 6th grade. I remember that we were given a choice to take a business/technology course or a Home Ec class so we could start thinking about “who we wanted to be when we grow up.” Guess which one I chose? The technology class of course! What was my very FIRST choice as a career? Computer programmer.
After that, I wanted to be a meteorologist/tornado chaser. No lie. Oh the irony!
Didn’t someone say that you’re never too old to learn? Besides, I’m in the process of redesigning my blog, so why not teach myself a few new things, right? That and I love seeing other people chasing their dreams, doing what they want, and are completely, utterly, and genuinely happy and call me selfish, but I want the same thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy where I’m at now, but I am always looking to move forward and being successful in my terms, my own way so I’m doing something about it.
I deserve my own happiness. So do you. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do, but have been afraid to do it?
Steve Jobs (let’s not forget Steve Wozniak too) and Bills Gates built the technology door and opened up a world that has changed life forever. Because of technology, we are able to keep in touch with our loved ones from long-distances, run and expand our businesses from afar, share our ideas and thoughts, and spread news, laughter, and support quicker than ever before. I really don’t think Steve and Bill knew how much they would change the world at the time they took a leap of faith to feed their curious and adventurous spirits. Heck, I wouldn’t be here writing this and you wouldn’t be reading it either. With that said, I’m showing my appreciation of what the technology gurus have done by taking advantage of these free courses. Have you tried coding before? Let me know what you think of this video!