Novice to Knowledge: My Pursuit of Progress

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March 7, 2023, 9:12 p.m. | Zackry Langford

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As someone who is relatively new to programming, I understand the value of putting in consistent effort towards improving my craft. So, I made a commitment to make at least one commit to my GitHub repositories every day for the rest of the year.

Inspired by comedian Jerry Seinfeld's method for tracking his joke writing progress, I decided to make my own "red X" calendar by tracking my daily commits on GitHub. Even if it's just a small update, I count it as progress towards my goal.

So far, I'm on a 29-day streak, and each green square represents a step towards becoming a better programmer and contributing more to the open source community. But I'm not just focused on the end goal. I know that programming is a journey, and that continual learning and growth is part of the process. 

As I continue on this journey, I am learning that it's not about perfection or making huge strides every day. It's about showing up and putting in consistent effort towards my goals, even if they seem small. It's about being committed to growth, both in my coding skills and as a human being.

I am excited to see where this commitment takes me, and I am ready to continue taking small steps towards becoming a better programmer every day. As someone who plays guitar and drums, I know that it's the small, consistent practice that builds into great performances. And just like in music, with programming, the small, everyday steps add up to something great over time.

As I continue on this path, I encourage you to join me in committing to growth. Whether it's as a programmer, musician, or in any other area of life, consistent effort and small steps can lead to big improvements. Thanks for reading, and happy coding!