On The Real Fun of Learning

Lately, I’ve been running into this quote a lot from some facebook pages who post it in their status.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

I’m not a fan of self help (nor of Zig Ziglar) but it sort of struck a chord in me because I recently stumbled on a video that presumably wants to help beginners in web development. Presumably so, because the speaker claims that “oh it’s easy” but rattles off stuff even I with some background hardly understood. I’ll try to be understanding and think that maybe that’s just his way but personally, that doesn’t seem to be very motivating.

I enjoy learning, I want to learn. However, unlike some people, I’m not unrealistic. I personally believe that learning is a process where you start from the very basic – which is sometimes nothing – and eventually, you climb your way up. Step by step. And yes, brick by brick.

This excerpt was taken from its Wikipedia entry : “Masonry is the building of structures from individual units laid in and bound together by mortar; the term masonry can also refer to the units themselves. … Masonry is generally a highly durable form of construction. However, the materials used, the quality of the mortar and workmanship, and the pattern in which the units are assembled can significantly affect the durability of the overall masonry construction. A person who constructs masonry is called a mason, or bricklayer.”

The description is pretty straightforward, but if we apply the idea onto a different field, that is, the theme that goes into what my blog’s about, it does seem sound. No pun intended. You know, foundation, sound, err, anyway.

So the idea I cooked up of how learning technology is similar to masonry – and in this case, “e-masonry” (which is just an invented term, by the way, I don’t think there’s such a thing) – comes from just my basic desire to learn. As time passes, I shall then document my progress and see where it gets me.