WARNING: MAJOR MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD
This film is about a boy obsessed with becoming a great jazz drummer. And by “obsessed” he really is fanatical – the type of person who’d break up with his girlfriend so he could spend more time playing his drums, then go home and play every day until his hands bled.
Now what the heck does this story have to do with Salesforce development?
One of the most common questions I get from strangers is:
“Do you really believe anyone can learn to code?”
At it’s core, that’s one of the fundamental questions behind Whiplash:
Does hard work guarantee you success, or do you have to be born with it?
Although the movie was almost universally acclaimed, some people believe the message behind Whiplash is flawed, and that “no amount of practice, whether 10,000 hours or 20,000 hours, guarantees true genius.” They argue that people will foolishly go along with Whiplash’s success story, because we naively believe that hard work, not talent, is the key to success.
I guess I’m one of those people that fall in the naive bucket.
I believe that if your dream is to become a Salesforce developer at a well-known company – you can do it. I don’t care what your background is or how much failure you’ve experienced in the past… you can do it!
I know because I went through the “Whiplash” process myself. I sacrificed sleep, happiness, and probably some sanity to teach myself to code. A lot of the things the main character does in Whiplash, while extreme, reminded me of the mindset I had when learning. You have to do extraordinary things in order to achieve extraordinary results. And I think people like Mayank and Adam also had similar mindsets that ultimately led to their success.
Remember, the key is to never, ever give up. No amount of talent is required for this mindset, yet it’s the most important trait towards your success. Don’t give up on the dream, on the day, on the problem, or even on that one single line of code. You can do it.
Good luck students =)