Be Careful How You Self-Identify

How we self-identify can put blocks in our path, blocks that exist only through our own thought process.

At architecture school, I found structural engineering so complicated. I decided I would, or could, never get it. Though I have since learned languages as complicated as Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, structural engineering remained something I considered beyond me, something to refer to the experts.

Eighteen years later, I can recognise and challenge self-talk that tells me something is not my strength. I now read books like How Structures Work by David Yeomans without the self doubt. If I read Python code and don’t make sense of it first time, I know it’s just a matter of time. Rather than self-identify as someone who finds coding hard, I identify as a learner who’ll inevitably improve with time and effort.

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