I have tried to adopt this same philosophy in my programming journey recently. I have been lost in NodeJS caves and took a ride on the ruby Rails. I speak to the locals in these communities and ask them for advice: “How would they tackle this problem?” “What do they recommend?”. I am always surprised how helpful everyone is in every community.
I know the alleys and nuget packages of the .NET space quite well, but joining a .net open source community allowed me to talk to people from different countries and different experiences all together.
A beginner’s mindset
I feel like a complete beginner when I enter these foreign lands. It forces me to adopt a beginner’s mindset. It forces me to be lost for a while; and that’s a great place to be sometimes.
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
– Dr Seuss, Oh the places you’ll go