Myth No. 1: I need to be a prodigy to be a developer
People often think programmers are a special breed, born with scientific calculators for brains. In reality, developers are ordinary people who simply have a passion for programming. And as in any profession, talent only gets you so far -- your work ethic and discipline will truly determine success or failure.
If you’re curious to learn programming, don’t worry. It’s not as difficult as it may seem. At its core, programming is simply a form of communication between two entities -- in this case, a developer and a computer. At a fundamental level, your task as a developer is to give instructions to a computer on how to build something, such as a website. But of course you don’t simply say, “Computer, build me a website.” It’s more complex than that. In a nutshell, programming is like writing meticulous instruction manuals in a special language, which only computers and other programmers can interpret. That’s it, really. If you know how to communicate with others, you can learn to program.