10 reasons why you should sign up at www.code.org and learn computer programming
OK so let’s deal with first things first.
You think I’ve lost my mind and I better prove to you that I haven’t if I expect you to read any further..
What I’m suggesting makes sense. I’ve given it a lot of thought.
The world is changing. Fast! And there’s one major thing behind all this change. Computers. There’s one thing that drives a computer that you and I probably don’t know how to do. And that’s to cut code.
Of course there’s the hardware too – the screen, the CPU etc … but that’s best left to the manufacturers in China. Chances are you and I don’t have the funds to compete with Foxconn, Dell, and Toshiba.
But what about using the computers? I mean really using them.
Getting behind the scenes and tweaking it so you can get it to do repetitive tasks automatically. Knowing what drives the programs that you use every single day – day in and day out.
Sure it’s easy to grab a mouse and a keyboard and do what you need to do. But that doesn’t leave you with a whole lot of options if something goes wrong.
Or what if you decide you need a website to promote yourself or your product? Everyone has one these days. How do you know if that quote of $7000 to build your site isn’t a sham? Sure they quoted you 100 hours of work at 70 bucks an hour … but how do you know if 100 hours is reasonable?
It’s time to understand the basics that go into creating code. Cause if you don’t you’ll be left behind. Far behind.
Here are a few reasons why you need to learn how to program.
The world is changing and computer programming is at the heart of that change. Almost every new device has a computer chip embedded in it and that trend is only going to increase.
Learning to write code will give you deep insights into how computers work. This will put you at a distinct advantage. Or maybe this will be necessary for you not to be at a distinct disadvantage!
Learning code can help you automate tasks which can save you hours and dramatically increase your productivity.
You will learn how to think logically and sequentially. No harm in learning to think differently. If you’re mindful in your approach to learning new tasks you will be amazed at how fast you achieve deep learning.
You will develop a coders mindset which will help you to frame problems better. Problem definition is as important as solution generation.
You won’t be at the mercy of greedy developers when they quote you $7000 to put up a website. You’ll know if their estimate is a load of BS.
You will be able to build your own digital real estate – something that I think is going to outstrip physical real estate in due course.
According to a projection by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and College Board, there will be one million more jobs than students by the year 2020 – a $500 billion dollar opportunity.
Every entrepreneur is going to need to have some understanding of code in the future – given my first point.
So what are you waiting for?
Be the change you want to see.
Sign up to www.code.org and empower yourself. You’ll thank yourself later.
Ash Roy has spent over 15 years working in the corporate world and collected an MBA (Masters In Business Administration) from the Australian Graduate School of Management along the way.
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