How To Rewire Your Brain For Learning How To Code

Feb 5, 2021 - 4 min read
How To Rewire Your Brain For Learning How To Code

A recent article on reveals, “88% of the organizations, worldwide, made it mandatory or encouraged their employees to work from home after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic”.

That means there is a market shift happening. More and more companies realize that hiring worldwide is beneficial to their bottom line.

Who knew 😉

They can now hire the best of the best, save on operating expenses, and choose from a huge talent pool.

On the other side of the coin, you can now get a job anywhere in the world from the comfort of your home, and you can do it a lot easier than ever before because the resistance to remote work is now much lower.

But there’s an even more significant opportunity that you can seize right now.

And that is, with remote work becoming the norm, location will take a back seat in salary negotiations. It will no longer be a valid argument for making less than someone in the Silicon Valley area.

Not that you couldn’t make the case before, but it was a lot harder because there was always the on-site vs. remote argument. Namely, the fact that remote work could hinder communication.

And that was true to some extent. If the employer wasn’t set up for remote work, then yeah, communication could suffer.

But let’s be honest; your location should never play a role in salary negotiations for coding jobs. It’s a made-up excuse to bring your hourly rate down. All it matters is the value you can bring to the table.

Fortunately, that argument is losing its power because remote work is becoming the norm, so most companies will adapt their way of working to accommodate it.

Which brings us to…

How to seize this new opportunity

Programming is one of the best markets to be in right now.

Not just because it’s one of the best suited for remote work, but because it pays very well, and it’s future proof.

With the world moving online more and more, programming jobs are here to stay.

So, this is the best time to learn how to code. It can change your life for the better.

If you’re interested, I’ve made a free HTML course to teach you how to build your first website in less than an hour.

I’m not trying to say that learning how to code is easy or that you can learn to code in just a few hours.

But it is accessible to anyone who’s determined to work for it even if they don’t have a Computer Science degree or any math skills.

You too can learn how to code. I can guarantee that.

How to learn to code

If you’ve tried to learn to code before, and failed, I know how that feels.

I’ve been there, done that.

15 years ago, I started teaching myself how to code by reading books, and watching courses online.

But none of it worked.

I would occasionally stumble upon a phrase, or a concept, or even a word that would put a halt on my progress for days or even weeks.

When you hit a wall, it’s usually because you come across something that you don’t understand, and that you cannot associate with anything you’ve learned before.

And the farther your field is from programming, the harder it is to make sense of it. Because there’s nothing to associate the new information with.

Your brain is not wired to think like that.

You need to take it slow, and build up foundational knowledge not just by reading or watching courses, but by practicing. And adjusting course along the way.

That is how you rewire your brain for learning how to code.

And that is how, over time, you’ll get better and better at it. As your ability to address more complex problems increases, so too will your salary increase.

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Cezar Halmagean
Software development consultant with over a decade of experience in helping growing companies scale large Ruby on Rails applications. Has written about the process of building Ruby on Rails applications in RubyWeekly, SemaphoreCI, and Foundr.