I have been a student in Launch School for a long time and I’ve noticed a lot of things I have experienced as a student, which can make one feel isolated.
I have lost count of how many times I have explained what Launch School was, when people asked me what I was studying. I became so proficient at it, I could do a ted talk on it in my sleep.
There are times when people had a negative perception of it when I told them about it or told me the course I’m doing is stupid.
In your journey, you will have people outside that may tell you the following. I’m not going to come up with a rebuttal for any of these because Launch School students understand the reason why Chris and the staff do what they do.
Here are the following things I’ve heard on my journey
- Launch School is making money off of you being not having time constraints
- You can find the same information for free.
- Launch School teaches Ruby, it’s not worth it. There are more jobs in C# and Java
- You need a computer science degree to get an engineering job
I have heard all of these things and I remember trying to gain approval from others whether it was existing engineers, family or friends.
The issue with that was they would never understand the hard work, self-discipline and commitment required to be able to finish a program like Launch School.
It’s natural to want a blessing from your peers, but it’s not necessary to win.
The point of what I’m saying is that you may deal with this on your journey, but you have to move forward anyways and it can be difficult since it’s a long-term commitment and you’re not seeing the maximum result right away.
As cliche and repetitive as it sounds, you have to trust the process and you have to understand people will always have negative things to say about what you’re doing.
If it’s anything I’ve learned on this journey is to stop looking for approval from everyone else and I’ve been guilty of this excuse myself and it’s just not a valid excuse anymore because part of succeeding which is often overlooked is betting on yourself regardless of what others say.