A year ago Tyler was struggling as a fine art photographer, until he discovered an interest in designing and building websites. Through dedicating time to learning — with determination and perseverance — Tyler has since launched over 50 websites; founded a freelance company; and mastered an impressive multitude of web skills.
We caught up with Tyler to ask a few questions about his experience over the last year. Here’s Tyler’s story, in his own words.
“I’ve seen it happen, I’ve made the magic and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back. The wonder to me is that after a mere year of this work I’m getting paid twice what I was a year ago and that number is steadily increasing.”
It’s tough, some days it sucks, It’s still common for me to get stuck on a problem for a literal week or more. Hours and hours only to discover I’ve left out a semicolon or missed a bracket somewhere. I’m ordinary, I have a horrible memory, it’s maddening, but my own personal problems that I’m working to solve are even more maddening, and so I press on.
If there’s one thing in this industry I’ve learned, it’s that you have to want to win. Badly. You’ve got to have the drive to see the code bend into the mold you desire. That even as you play by the rules and conform to the structure, you beat it, that one day, with some single final keystroke, you win the game, the magic happens. Reproducible, calculable and marketable magic. You have to want that more than anything.
I’ve seen it happen, I’ve made the magic and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back. The wonder to me is that after a mere year of this work I’m getting paid twice what I was a year ago and that number is steadily increasing. I’m having a blast, I’m solving problems and people are using my products. I’ve seen a client’s face light up as they are given hope, an answer to their issue, as they finally see how creativity can solve real world problems and make them money. It’s awesome!
Treehouse has facilitated this success, but at the end of the day, you have to want to make the magic yourself. You have to know you can do it. That it could be just a keystroke away.”
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