Anyone may find useful reading Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years by Peter Norvig (you can find many links to translations in that page).
It is a good reading for computer programmers and also for everyone: media and some groups of people push the idea “become famous and rich, you need only to do that“. “That” is to become a singer, dancer, soccer player or anything else (each country has its own pantheon, even hip-hop gangsta rappers) and you can avoid to study and do hard work for the rest of your life.
Unfortunately they always forget to say that singing, dancing and even kick a soccer ball requires years of training. To quote Tyler Durden from the movie Fight Club
We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t.
As the post category says, There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch: you can’t get something valuable for free, quickly or easily.
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