#1 Obstacle in Robotics & Electronics
Updated: Jan 17, 2020
Thinking back on everything I have learned I realized what the #1 obstacle was in all of my time spent studying code, components, etc.
It wasn't the time spent, it wasn't the money (everything is surprisingly cheap), it wasn't my day job or anything like that.
The biggest hurdle I had to overcome was repetition.
Learning how to discipline myself to sit down every day before or after work, after the dishes were cleaned, after I took care of other things at home, etc was what made all the difference.
There is no other advice I would like to give anyone first starting out trying to learn robotics or electronics than to substitute Youtube or TV with learning the new skill. It is a skill and it requires time. Time is actually the easiest part of it. Everyone has some amount of free time. Yeah, yeah I'm busy too. Yeah, yeah we are all getting our souls crushed in society with longer hours, trying to make money to cover bills, etc. AnnnnnnNNND!
Everyone also has a few minutes to spare. The great news is, this can be done while you unwind and relax. This is how I like to do it:
Come home, brew a cup of relaxing tea (I really want coffee but it will keep me up all night), sit down and start reviewing my notes from what I learned previously or read from the book I was studying or even reviewing code and trying to figure out why my code isn't working. The more time you spend focused, in a relaxed state on this skill the faster you will learn it, guaranteed.
This sounds obvious but few actually practice it. (Guilty)
I recommend making it a sort of ritual. An end of day ritual to wind down and relax. If you REALLY think you don't have any time I suggest doing it in the bathroom. If you have time before work then do it over a nice cup of coffee, etc. Make it a part of your morning routine.
The next suggestion would be to not spend too much time each day. Too much time leads to boredom or frustration. You have to take a Zen mindset approach to this whole thing. Don't expect anything, don't assume anything, your emotions will get in the way. Just study and look for what you can understand today. If you are frustrated just move on to something else, search for the next thing that you CAN understand. If you do this, I promise you will advance quickly and much more easily than most. Just remember, most people spend thousands of dollars attending University for 4 years to learn some of this stuff. So, be grateful I'm here to help you out! Wink, wink.
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