How to grow fast as a Frontend Developer

So many Frontend Developers grow fast! Sometimes you can have the feeling that your growing really slow. Today I would like to give you some advice from my personal experience, that will help you grow faster as Frontend Developer.

Spend time

The key thing to grow your skills is “time”. If you think you can grow fast in Frontend Development with only your daily job, I think your wrong! Before you become a real expert in Frontend Development, you have to spend a lot of time.

Become an expert

Some researchers have investigated that after 10.000 hours spent on a specific topic, made you a real expert. This means if you are working 8 hours (5 days a week) on the job, and not in your spare time, it will take you more than 5 years to become that expert. If you invest more free time, you will achieve that a lot faster.

How did I grow

My key to becoming good in Frontend Development is “time”! This is a lesson from my own experience. The more time you will invest, the faster you grow. I’ve always invested a lot of time to grow in my skills. But it was not always easy, but I made my choice when I started Frontend Development, to become an expert.

Mentoring

Mentoring in Frontend Development doesn’t happen a lot in my area. When I started Frontend Development, I felt lost quite some time. It felt like an eternity to learn something. At the moment I found people to mentor and guide me, it helped me to grow a lot faster than before.

Stay up-to-date

Staying up-to-date doesn’t mean you have to read everything. That doesn’t work! Stay up-to-date on the topics you feel passionate about or that you use in your daily job as developer.

Focus

So the main thing to become an expert is not to know everything about anything. The main thing is to choose wisely your most important topics to focus on. Make sure you have an in-depth knowledge of this topic and spend a lot of time on it.

I write stories about Frontend Dev, JavaScript, Typescript, Angular, NodeJS, Serverless Functions, JAM Stack, FaunaDB, Netlify, Apple, iOS— https://byrayray.dev

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