How I improved as a front-end developer
Step outside your comfort zone and experiment, be patient and curious while staying humble, and you'll be rewarded.
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- Make sure you grasp the basics, and apply them
- Be patient and stay curious
- Step outside your comfort zone
- Challenge yourself
- Try things out
- Be humble and learn from others
For too long, I felt like I was falling behind in the ever-evolving world of front-end development. New frameworks and techniques were constantly emerging, while I clung to the familiar. I got things done, but that nagging feeling persisted – I could do better. Looking back, here are some key lessons that have shaped my journey and helped me become a better front-end developer.
Make sure you grasp the basics, and apply them
Before you can venture outside your comfort zone, you need a solid foundation to stand on. Understanding the fundamentals of semantic HTML, the inner workings of CSS (without relying on frameworks), and the importance of accessibility is essential. Dive deep into frameworks like Bootstrap or Foundation to grasp their inner workings. This knowledge will be invaluable as you explore more advanced aspects of CSS.
Be patient and stay curious
Progress takes time, and I often lacked the patience to see it through. Instead of aiming for rapid bursts of curiosity, I've learned to nurture a long-term sense of wonder. Consistent, sustained curiosity has proven more fruitful than sporadic bursts of enthusiasm.
Challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone
Experiment and try new things
Stay humble and learn from others
Drawing inspiration from my sports background, I realized the value of learning from the best. Just as one strives to bend it like Beckham or dribble like Messi, why not apply the same mindset to work? Countless talented individuals are readily accessible through a quick Google search. If you have skilled colleagues or friends, seek their feedback and insights. Shed any pride or pretense; it's the key to personal and professional growth.
Release the need for pride and prestige; it's the catalyst for personal and professional growth, enabling you to learn and develop new skills.