“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”Napoleon Hill
Everyone starts out not knowing things. Sometimes there’s a word or concept lots of people around you understand, but you don’t. You might feel nervous, anxious, or scared to ask what it means. It can be intimidating to ask questions in the open source community chat.Outreachy
I was as perplexed as a child when I first learned about Outreachy; I felt helpless and disconnected from the community. GitHub! Open source projects!! Raise an issue!!! Fork an Issue!!!! All of this was screaming at me, so I went in search of assistance. I would say that we all didn’t know what we were doing at one point, and most people who appear to have it figured out are just testing and sticking to it if it works perfectly! If you feel someone else know it all and decide not to ask for help, you will be doing a lot of harm than good. Don’t get me wrong: I completely understand that asking for help is difficult, especially in a world where we all feel judged and measured against certain societal metrics.
As stated in my previous post, one of my core values is “balance.” I want to be able to sleep at night knowing that I was able to balance work, family, friends, and all other activities without feeling stressed or disturbed. This became my motivation to gather courage and reach out to ex-interns— a special shout out to Chidiebere Onyegbuchulem, with whom I had no mutual connection and who helped me through my application all the way up to my contribution stage. Here’s a YouTube playlist he shared with me that was extremely helpful in getting me started with GitHub.
The takeaway here is that struggle is a type of training. It both prepares and forces us to be geared up for the next step. Struggle only intensifies. The amount of struggle we face only grows as we face increasingly difficult challenges. Our current struggle is preparing us for the next step.
The moment we stop struggling, we have stopped taking on big enough challenges.