I came across an enlightening article as I was doing some research for the ‘Level Up Code’ site. I want to recommend it to everyone who wants to improve any skills, break a habit or adopt a new habit:
“Discomfort Zone: How to Master the Universe” by Leo Babauta
All people tend to make themselves comfortable and to avoid discomfort. But getting better in something, or changing ourselves to become the way we want to be – it comes only through some short-term or middle-term discomfort in the beginning. This is what prevents many people from mastering their skills and releasing their real potential – avoiding the discomfort of learning and trying and especially the great discomfort of realizing that their current skills require improvement.
Anyone who wants to become better at anything must learn one essential thing – how to be comfortable with discomfort. Welcome discomfort because it is the only way which leads to improvement. One can only become a better software developer through the continuous learning, practicing, accepting criticism and self-criticism.