Why You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone


As uncomfortable as it is, we need to get out there and learn from people. There are several resources readily available to anyone who wants to use them. Where I live, there’s a free newspaper that lists the local groups that get together. Meetup.com is a fantastic way to go to a number of tech or coding meetups. When you go to one of these meetings, there are people that see things from a different perspective and may offer some insight into how to learn more efficiently. Generally, they are helpful, polite, and friendly.
Through Meetup.com, I have recently attended a front end developers crash course from The Iron Yard in Greenville. Although fast-paced, I found it easy to follow. It was an experience that I would not have had on my own.
When I arrived (slightly late) I was ushered into an open seat and had to ask the person next to me for the internet password. The teacher from the Iron Yard had us download Atom as well as a folder from the Iron Yard‘s website. The goal of the class was to get the students to take a shabby looking website that was provided and add graphics, edit text, and make the website give a better user experience. The main languages used were CSS, HTML and JavaScript. Since I did not have any experience with these languages, I had to raise my hand several times to ask questions. There was always someone close by to answer and help facilitate the learning process.
Had it not been for the crash course, I would not have any experience with front end development. I’m grateful to the Iron Yard for holding these classes and contributing to my learning experience.

If you want to become a great learner, networker, and developer, get out there.  It doesn’t have to be every day, but make an attempt to interact with the community.  There are so many things you haven’t learned yet and people you haven’t met.  Possibly, you could become a mentor or help someone with a problem that you already know how to solve.

The instructor demonstrates HTML and CSS code