Some people believe the only way to learn a skill is by the hard knocks of trial and error and spending hours stuck on frustrating problems that an expert just knows.
Granted this way of learning works and I know this from experience. That is the path I took into being a developer. Now that I’m older my time is much more valuable to me and I can’t spend countless hours learning a new skill.
Instead I try to find the shortcuts to get the results I want. As an example, I’ve been wanting to get better at creating drawings on the iPad. I found an app that will do everything under the sun, but just learning the app is daunting. My first step was to find a YouTube video helping get the basics and I found an engaging teacher who also had a course for sale. I picked it up for $10 and it goes through everything from the basics to the advanced. Everything I needed.
From spending the money and watching a dedicated course I’m already farther ahead than I would have been going alone. The next time you want to learn a new skill look for the shortcuts and figure out how to take advantage of them.
It’s always hard to bring down your standard of living but you need to do that in order to save more money. If that doesn’t sound appealing the next time you get a raise take the extra money and put it all in your retirement account or an emergency fund that you can’t easily access.
Your standard of living will remain the same and you’ll automatically save more.
Making mistakes in production is one thing that always scares me. This problem multiplies if you use a lot of terminal tabs but a quick and easy solution is to make production red so it’s immediately noticeable where you are logged into.
For the image above I’m using Termius on iOS which supports this and allows you to set it on a folder level and then any ssh connections under the group inherits the color.
It’s a really simple way to help distinguish which connection you are logged into and can be a life saver. This can done in other terminals too, just do a web search to find instructions for your app of choice.
I published a post today over on Laravel News about how I’m using an iPad for web development. This is their first time I’ve written down all the tools I’m using and the setup. If you are interested in that kind of thing give it a read.
Yesterday, Apple released it’s earnings report and their earnings will be lower than expected.
I know it’s never a good idea to base the market on a single company but it seems like the bear is waking up from hibernation. This past year the market was down overall but to me it feels like 2019 might hurt even more.
We all know you can’t time the market and the best way to stay ahead is to continue investing. Now everything is a on sale and if it continues to slide then it’s an even bigger discount for when it eventually turns around.
Because we are all wired that any loss hurts I’ve started taking proactive steps by removing all investment apps from my devices. This way I don’t make ay crazy decisions and sell off or let anger or worry creep in and ruin my day.