learning to focus

The hardest part about facing the mountain of knowledge that I need to overcome is knowing where to start, and how much I should try to handle at once. No-one climbed anything by approaching it from every angle, just as no-one climbed anything by thinking about every single step. I know that the best way to do this is by thinking about it one task at a time, but I can't help but sometimes step back and look at the enormity of what I'm facing.

The unfortunate truth is that I don't believe my intelligence or capability even approaches that of people such as John Carmack, or Mike Ash, but what I do share is their passion. I spend as much time as possible trying to figure this stuff out and get better at what I love to do. I know that inevitably I will have to learn advanced server-side programming, and before that I will actually need to figure out the intricacies of hosting and maintaining a server. Out in the distance I also know that I will face tough deadlines as well as intense pressure, but I need to focus on these baby steps I'm still making even 6 months in to learning iOS app and games development.

On my mind at the moment I have the constant fear of stalling my in app development experience, the awareness that I need to complete my Train2Game portfolio projects, and a need to expand my web development skills. With that comes my week being split up into working with cocos2d, following the (brilliant) iOS 6 by Tutorials book from RayWenderlich.com, and learning PHP, MySQL, HTML & CSS. 

I am a logical guy, and I have a strong feeling that I need to back away from one of these things, but they all seem far too important. I hate the fact that I need to sleep, and I hate the fact that I don't have the ability to work every hour of every day, because at the end of 10 hours of coding I just want to read a few comics or play a bit of a videogame before I go to sleep. The fact is that I'm not a machine, but figuring out how to function optimally as a human being makes that a pretty annoying fact. 

Source: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1299867...