Episode 28

10 Things We Wish We Knew


October 20th, 2019

33 mins 44 secs

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About this Episode

Has it already been a year of learning and teaching Python for Kelly and Sean? In this episode, our co-hosts talk about the things they wish they knew a year ago to make their Python journey even better.

10 Things We Wish We Knew Before We Started Python

  1. Don't Be Afraid of the Unknown
  2. There's Never Going to be Enough Time
  3. Reading Error Codes
  4. Simple and Slow beats Complex and "Correct"
  5. Read a little. Code a lot.
  6. Projects Really Work
  7. You Have to Teach To Someone
  8. Reach out to the Python Community
  9. Don’t Let Imposter Syndrome Get You
  10. You Don’t Have to Answer Every Question
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