It’s week two at the bootcamp and the journey isn’t easing up. The challenges thickens as the plot takes a further twist. The demands are quite enormous and doubt creeps in at every turn of the hands of the clock.
Week one ended victorious but it wasn’t without headache. Week two has been demanding and my body aches for rest. However, this post isn’t to publicize my whining skills. It’s to tell you about my adaptation story so far.
The question of adaptability is one that is asked of every man regardless of status or profession. The answer I think always lies in one’s motivation and desire. What do you desire? why do you want that thing you desire so bad? How do you overcome the challenges of adaptability when the fuel of desire is running low?
The adpatation story.
From the first week I knew the first question I’ll need to answer from myself is adaptation. I was changing a serene environment for life in a couple of weeks in the throes of Lagos. I had to figure out how to beat the tiredness from traffic, how to ensure I could get as much coding time as I needed to come with the goods expected of me.
Time management was the number one problem. I’ve always had poor time management skills. So I had to figure out how to manage my time to allow me deliver. So first comes a plan. I leave my house not too early in the morning (only for Lagos that is) and ensure I get to the EPIC towers in time.
Of course, team mates and other bootcampers will need you to help with a blocker or the other. This is where you show your passion. I dedicate an hour to helping as much people as I can while making changes to my code, debugging endpoints and implementing changes from my LFA’s feedback.
Did you catch my drift? I just introduced you to my second adaption tool in that last paragraph. It’s called Multitasking. I multi task like my life depends on it (It actually does). I make sure I try to cover as much things as possible within a short time period.
I could be making changes on git while implementing a feature on the server. I found out that multi tasking and time management allows me adapt to the situation and I have been less overwhelmed since then.
The motivation story.
Nobody ever gets to succeed without a motivation behind their story. Every one needs something to push them further than their last achievement and scale new horizons. The feeling of accomplishment helps fuel the burning passion and eases the effect of the next challenge.
On Thursday evening, I started giving Postgres a thought and tried implementing postgres. I used to use a mac but now I use a windows PC and the installation took me 3 hours. After that, nothing seemed to work. I couldn’t create tables on the command line, I couldn’t do anything. I fell asleep while trying to solve this issue.
Friday, I tried resolving my blockers but nothing anyone pointed me to seemed to work. By Friday evening, my frustration was at it’s melting point. I was a walking talking lava. My week 1 LFA told me I should try to make sure I didn’t leave the bootcamp venue without help. I left without help.
I started losing hope for week 2 even before I got the mail about progressing. I gave it another try throughout Saturday and nothing seemed to work and at this point, I gave up. Then I had to remind myself why I was doing this in the first place. Around 10pm on Friday, I started making progress. By then I had to reinstall postgress via CLI, rewrite my code 5 times, etc.
Keeping my eyes on the price helped me stay motivated. Also knowing that every encounter with a challenge is a build process. It means I am getting built for something greater to come.
I then used these lessons to help my other bootcampers stay motivated. I have been more of a presence at the bootcamp now than I was in week 1. I have made more friends by virtue of helping people out even though I still have issues with my project.
Overall, it’s been a great period. A period of realization that what is to come is something that I’ll need to be prepared for and I am relishing the opportunity.