What technologies are you going to learn in 2020?
I recently enrolled in 30x500. It's a premium course that I've heard wonderful things about for years. This post is about my plan going into it.
One reason I enrolled in 30x500 despite its high price tag is that I disagreed with a lot of its highly opinionated stances. Given that I'd seen multiple people succeed in a big way after the course, this suggests that it likely contains some truth that I haven't incorporated into my model of the world. That's often a particularly fruitful opportunity for learning.
Sometimes it's difficult to fairly evaluate or learn from something you disagree with, so I my plan is to "run it in a VM". I'm going through the material and doing absolutely everything I can to follow and believe its instructions. In an early video, Amy Hoy talked about research about how writing notes by hand causes deeper processing of information than typing it does. I've read of similar studies that suggest cursive has even stronger benefits, so that's how I'm taking notes.
Rather than apply the lessons to my current project, which I wasn't 100% convinced met all the criteria for a "30x500" business, I chose a new topic and audience. Instead of writing my own content management system like I usually do or using Gatsby, which I kind of wanted to, I'm using WordPress. That's what the course suggested. At each opportunity, I'm doing or at least trying to do exactly what Amy and Alex are teaching.
Of course, I'm not going to abandon Alchemist Camp during this. I have a loyal audience that includes paying customers. I'm continuing that work at the same pace as before and building a 30x500 product on the side. Depending on how it goes, I'll take some or all of what I've learned "out of the VM" and apply it to other projects I work on.
The product I'm building is still targeted at devs NOT at entrepreneurs here on IH. What I'm writing here is my experience with the course, not marketing directed at you.
I know courses like this aren't a race. However, I also know myself and how much better it is to be riding a wave of motivation than dragging myself along semi-willingly. And the way it works for me is that whatever I'm working on—exercising, studying, building something... whatever—if I can get a win, I get more motivated. So I'm going to try to close the loop as quickly as I can. Even a small win is big if it gives me energy to achieve the next step.
Another factor in this decision is that my semi-crippling repetitive stress injuries have slowly improved to where I can spend almost twice as much time at the computer as I could a year ago. Using chopsticks with my right hand usually doesn't hurt anymore either. This means I can push pretty hard, but of course I'll back off if the condition starts getting worse.
So far, the course is exceeding my expectations. There's some overlap with what it's teaching and what I've already been doing, but there are some big differences, too. It's more systematic than I'd expected, even for a premium course and so far, it's improved my ability to analyze a forum thread even after just a few days.
My tentative goal is get content marketing going in earnest and attract 100 email subscribers by the end of the month.
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