Lost a LOT of motivation :'( &Feeling lost

Lost a LOT of motivation :'( &Feeling lost

Truth! :smiley:


Brother, same here, not feeling much confidence.
i started following this for the moment

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Omg thanks that looks like a good article.

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How far did you go with FreeCodeCamp?
I’m in Responsive Web Design Projects

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Yup I’m still there I’ve been doing C# a lot and no CSS but I have to get back to CSS ehehe ^^

try drugs, try to look on things with different angles, cuz life is mostly depends on HOW we evaluate near by things and processes

“try drugs” Wut? Bad advice.

Hi Tech, with all that I can see I think that you learn and improve very very fast. Just keep up the good work! To be honest just last month I felt exactly what’s been described in your post, and right now I already got a Front end job, lol. Just don’t give up and you can make it!

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Keeps moving forward there is so many up and down but one day you reach you destiny

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Oh sh*t! LOL. Okay well I’ve ONLY been doing C# for a while now but thank you so much for your message gotta restart CSS and start JS :slight_smile:

Thanks for everything @tkhquang

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Thank you. Nice discussion. Need some motivation here.


I was thinking of having a partner for this FCC. I’m a bit out of track myself as well

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This is probably all normal!

Motivation/passion comes and goes - that’s okay. Just commit to doing five minutes per day (maybe take one day off a week). You might find that after five minutes, you don’t want to stop! I would say - don’t get stuck on CSS and it’s tricky for most people - try not to beat yourself up over it. I think it’s okay to move on to something else and then come back to it later - it might even be better in terms of long-term memory formation. Things might even make more sense with a bit of diffuse thinking away from directly focusing on the problem. Find multiple resources - like Udemy courses or other - things might look brighter with the help of different approaches. Read the posts about people getting jobs.

It might be tempting to just keep working “harder” when you’re exhausted, but mental energy is finite - Definitely take breaks - every 50 minutes, take at least a 10 min break. Prevent burnout - it’s difficult to recover from. And spend no more than 4-5 hours learning difficult things (that’s about all humans have mental energy for). Find some time each week to completely disconnect from the problem. Find other hobbies that fill you up and revitalize you (maybe your life doesn’t have to be repetitive?) - take care of yourself every day. Someone once told me - “Spend energy to get energy.” So, watching Netflix is one form of taking a break, but it won’t necessarily energize you (unless it is some inspirational autobiographical piece).

Learning should actually be a little hard. If it were easy, everyone would be experts at this stuff. I highly recommend reading some motivational material like: “Talent is Overrated” by Geoff Colvin, Carol Dweck’s “Mindset”, and this course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn

And I think it is awesome that you are taking on this project when you’re only in high school! Keep learning!


Awesome tips thanks for taking the time to leave them here ^_^!

I lost count of the number of times I started freecodecamp and quitting it.
So yesterday I started doing it once again. But this time I am using the kaizen technique of learning it. Setting aside a short amount of time so that you not overwhelmed when you think about the drill. And slowly building on the time spend if your interest is piqued enough to learn more. One thing you have to remember is that loss of motivation is normal. so chin up, cheer up and keep grinding :slight_smile:

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Same :’(
But learn to avoid burnout (in anything), I have to do that too and also motivation is just to get started after that determination has to do the job, imo!

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Hey there Joke!

When did you start to find it difficult here at FCC?
So far the only challenge I’ve found is to manage time to get the challenges done.

Maybe I’m either too early in the modules, or the newer curriculum design made info easier to digest…

Suck it up man!


In courses like on FCC I found it difficult to learn how to use the cascade and flexbox. And it just wouldn’t stay in my memory, so I learned the same stuff over and over again. But I finished some courses and felt that I learned a lot.

And then I started to rewrite the CSS for a real website as a volunteer for a non-profit organisation. The website was old (7-11 years) and not responsive. It has a CMS-like system for content in php. No problem, but that system gave me a few restrictions to work with.
So I updated the html, modernised the lay-out a bit and started to create the new CSS, using flexbox. I wanted it to be accessible and user friendly, which it is now :smiley:.

I’ve never made so many mistakes in such a short period of time. And I’ve never learned so much. It was really hard work and took me quite some time. Sometimes it took days to figure out how to solve certain problems. I usually had more than 10 tabs open in my browser, searching the whole internet for answers.

Or I thought everything was fine and then the whole website was messed up in older browsers. And backwards compatibility was a requirement, because the visitors use these old browsers on old computer or tablets. It’s not only about Internet Explorer, but also about iPad2, which has an old version of Safari.

CSS seems easy sometimes if you practise in a course like this. Or if you build only one page. But if you build several pages, (around 45 in my case) with all types of content, a CMS, a certain lay-out, more than one menu, parts of it with translations, and so on, that’s a whole different job.

It’s a good way to get it into your memory though. I do remember my mistakes and the search for a solution better than any lesson. :smile: And I learned to love CSS.

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Indeed, just the challenges are not enough to get things deep in memory - projects fare a lot better with that :stuck_out_tongue:

I hope I can get into helping nonprofits within the current year…

So far, I loved playing around with CSS animations (anyone can tell that after a glimpse in my pen), but I’m finding Javascript easier to deal with. Maybe because I’m a bit more comfortable with reading code in general?

Anyways, FCC has been a great experience :grin::+1: