Challenging Yourself

Stuff like #100DaysOfNoCode remind us that sometimes we just have to commit.

Challenging Yourself

A few years ago I decided to embark on a challenge that went (and still goes, I think) by the name of #Inktober. It was very self-explanatory, but for those of you unfamiliar with it, the challenge consisted in drawing —with inks, of course— and posting every day during the month of October. That equalled 31 drawings. How did it go? Well, spoilers: I failed. But even in the failure there was a lesson, and just by doing it there was a victory.

Ok, second paragraph, now I can be less cryptic about it. Yes, I didn't complete my 31 drawings in a month. Actually, I was not even close. But the challenge rekindled and maintains an old love of mine that I had forgotten for quite a lot of time.

As a kid I loved drawing and spent hours trying to figure out Goku's hair and what muscles looked like. But years went by, I grew, discovered some new interests and kind of neglected illustration.

For whatever reason I came back with the #Inktober challenge. I bought new materials and was completely down for it. As I said, couldn't make myself draw for 31 days in a row. But I did a lot of cool drawings (If I say so myself) and started illustrating again and being passionate about it up to this day.

My first submission for the #Inktober challenge.

That's why I love challenges like the #100DaysOfNoCode: they let you flex some muscles, learn some new stuff during the process, and most importantly, share what you love doing with other people who also love that same thing! Plus, there's something really important I didn't mention before: when you share these challenges you are putting yourself on the line. I don't mean everything you post have to be perfect, but if you are sharing it, you might as well do something you feel proud about. So it gives you responsibility over your work, which is awesome.

Max Haining, creator of the challenge, wrote it better on the #100DaysOfNoCode website:

Its time to take my no-code learning journey one step further.

But how?

Applied learning: actually using no-code tools.

But how?

By holding myself against perhaps the most powerfully motivating force of them all...public accountability.
Build your No-Code skills by committing to the #100daysofnocode challenge
Commit, be a part of something new and exciting!

That's it. Those are the magic words: Public accountability. By accepting these terms of public accountability you are raising the bar for yourself on whatever you are posting. This thing has to be above your standard at least. And that sounds obvious but, honestly, a lot of times we make stuff that's below our own standards, I.e. a landing page we were just doodling with, or a design for an app, or whatever. And they are that way because we are in no obligation whatsoever to show them to anyone. But you wouldn't post a bad photo of yourself on Instagram, right? Public accountability: same goes for these social media challenges. You bring your A game, your best stuff.

And when everyone is sharing their best, it is exciting, it is inspiring, it shows room to grow and it shows the road already travelled. It provides you with lessons, feedback, new friends, new ideas and, yeah, I know you were thinking it too: new followers. So, yeah, if you're feeling like it, now that you have the time, be a part of this challenge or any other that you're interested in, for that matter. The guys from NoCodeDevs are having some interesting weekly challenges, for example:

So it is really up to you. What could be the worst that could happen? Learn to make some cool stuff with No-Code tools and start sharing it with the world!