Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

No-Code Jan 21, 2020

By now, we all have heard this phrase. Hopefully, some of us have been in the receiving end of it. Also, hopefully, none of us have said it to justify a rip off. But yeah, it’s out there and has been for a while already. And, well, I think it is kind of true. It goes in line with the John Mayer quote I shared with you last week, in which he says that it is when he fails to be like his heroes that he finds his own sound. That’s cool right? And that is why our approach to teaching No-Code tools coincide with that way of thinking.

I’ll try to explain myself.

Right now some of you already started testing our programs in the beta state and probably remember that the course we are offering consists on making a No-Code Twitter landing page replica. And there are a couple of reasons behind that decision.

First of all, it’s easier to get a sense of accomplishment. What do I mean by that? By recreating something others have done (and that are successful for it) in a few steps, there is a more tangible sense of what you can do with the tools. It also allow you to dream bigger, to be like ‘well, maybe I can make something as big as Twitter, or AirBnB’, or whatever your golden standard is.

To that I may add that, because you have a clear reference of what you are doing, it is also easier to get excited with your process. Countless times I have abandoned a project of my own because I didn’t know exactly where to go or what to do with it. Sometimes, when you’re starting it’s better to see others’ processes, mindsets and goals in order to help your own mind focus on what you really want, and what you can and can’t do.

If we just said, ‘ok, so here you have the tools to make your own landing page’ and left you without any reference, maybe some of you could come up with something amazing, but maybe others would stumble with not knowing what to do design-wise, or how to organize the elements or boxes, and then felt discouraged and abandon the project.

AND WE DON’T WANT THAT!

By giving you an already existing example you can start getting the logic behind some aesthetic choices, or the practical benefits of grouping some elements to this or that size. And by recreating multiple examples you’ll eventually have enough knowledge that you will be able to set organize in different new ways that you like.

In second place, it also helps explaining and getting to the more abstract parts of some of the processes. Going forward with the No-Code Twitter replica, you’ll face stuff regarding databases and back-end, and the best way to understanding if you have no previous knowledge of this is through reverse engineering. How? with an app or a website that already exists that can let you know to what corresponds this and that element; why this works and why this doesn’t. From scratch, on the other hand, might be a little more challenging and we want to make this as easy and clear as possible.

So we encourage you to learn through imitation, to admire the works of others and to gather information from lots of sources to then make your own thing. And if you haven’t been part of our beta test group, and want to be, just click here.

Until the next time!

HelloGuru.

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