How do you get to there?
How do I get into tech? How do I get started with design? How do I start programming? I read this book but I can't think of what to do next.
I hear a lot of people worrying about how to learn things The Right Way™. This is normal and a totally correct way of approaching a certain subject. You want to get things right and you get there quickly! No one wants to spend hours and hours on something that doesn't even matter.
You want to level up! You want to get to the end right now! Get this shit over with.
So you go buy books and sign up for courses to make sure that you learn everything the way it's supposed to be learned. This is normal because you want to know that there's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You don't want to dillydally and you wanna get there now.
Our brains are used to structure. Maybe it's because of school. Maybe that's just how our brains work. I don't know I'm not a doctor ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. But because of our constant need for structure (books + courses), we tend to forget about tinkering, fucking around, and just plain having fun.
But why mess around when you can just take a course? I'm not saying you should throw away courses, but I think you should spend some time tinkering as well. They complement each other.
That's what I've learned from my personal experience, and what other people have gone through as well. One example that I have at the top of my head is CSS Animations. I simply wanted to make a loading animation but I messed with it so much that soon I was writing my own articles and even video tutorials on it.
That's not what I intended to do, but that's where learning took me.
Other people seem to have the same experience as well. For example in my second podcast, Joni Trythall talks about figuring things out organically and tinkering. And that led her to where she is now in the industry!
So go forth and don't be afraid to tinker!