Start where you are
As you were. As a friend. As an old enemy.
Aside from "where should I start?", another question I'm often asked is "when should I start?"
The question comes in many forms:
- When should I learn X?
- When should I start my own projects?
- When should I apply for a job? (start the job before you have it)
I know the feeling. I ask myself the same questions.
But time after time, I'm reminded, there's never the right or wrong place to start, there's never the perfect moment. Trying to convince yourself otherwise will send you mad.
Think of a line of the infinite possibilities in front of you, if the line isn't really long, you're not thinking big enough.
Now, what are the chances you're at the exact point in the line you need to be?
Conversely, you can never be at any other point than you are now.
And once again, one of the dichotomies of life shows its pretty head.
Simon sent through a message. Saying he wanted to get started with machine learning. After crossing a few roadblocks, he's enjoying it. He came from a sales background in the motor industry.
Was he ready?
Did he have the right prerequisites?
Maybe, maybe not.
But he decided. He was curious and got started.
And sometimes that's all it takes.