I am stuck, stuck, stuck and stuck!
What do you do when you are stuck on tasks at your cool ass dev job and Stack O is no help, Google answers allude you and everyone is way too busy to help you get unstuck?? In my case, I broke my apps, adding more Rspec errors (from 3 to like 16), convinced myself that I didn’t know what I was doing (HELLO AGAIN my nemesis Imposter Syndrome) and then started making really dumb mistakes (Um, yeah, those ‘require’ calls go before the define part) OYE, I stepped in it this time.
Here’s the thing though. I have this vision in my head of the perfect Full Stack Dev role for myself and it doesn’t involve me working solo. If I wanted that, I would stay a freelance/contract developer working from home, and move on.
However, I am one of the few, the proud, the crazy…I want to work WITH other developers, engineers and innovators, in a workspace, office, whatever. I want face to face collaboration, Bloc has spoiled me with a fantastic mentor and I want that, and then I want to BE the mentor.
Ok but, how does that help me right now though, when I am this stuck? Here is the cool thing I found out about myself in these last 4 months at Bloc…I will do anything, and I mean ANYTHING to get unstuck-(Talking to you Devise Documentation).
I will read all the documentation, twice. I will browse through condescending Stack O comments to get to the solutions, I will break things, and then fix them. I am NOT afraid to break things as you all well know, cos when I break them, it gives me the opportunity to fix them, and I learn a lot this way.
I have one other trait that may or may not be to my benefit, I do not give up, ever. So as I vent this out in my blog post about my utter stuckness (it’s a word, I swear), I will go back to my 3 Rspec’s errors I can’t find answers to (down from 16 so YAY!), fix my app to redirect to the proper path instead of doing nothing at all, and most importantly, look at these challenges as the best way to make me a better coder.
Let me know in the comments how you get unstuck when you’ve tried everything.
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