I need X to do Y — Syndrome

Most of us have or have had this syndrome “I need X to do Y”.

  • I need to join X course to learn Y
  • I need to X training to start doing Y project
  • I need a Laptop to start programming Python; Desktop doesn’t make me productive
  • I need an iPhone to start learning iOS programming; Simulator doesn’t make it feel real
  • I need to join Gym to workout; Workout at home doesn’t work :-)

Get over with it this syndrome:

  • Start learning/doing as soon as you get curious about anything, we don’t have to wait to do X to start doing Y by ourself.
  • We can always do X, but who is stopping us from starting with Y?
  • Wouldn’t it be better to get our hands dirty and try to learn more about Y by ourselves?

Eventually we have to do it by ourselves, doesn’t matter if we do X or not. It is more fun and engaging when we do Y by ourself; it is also a litmus test, if we really want to do Y.

Discipline and Passion matters. I wish, I had more of these in me.