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FEB 18, 2024

From Noob to Veteran

by 81vm..Vahd, AmbiguousAce

This article takes us through the stages one usually goes through when interacting with the blockchain for the first time, from the initial frustration to the sweet triumph at the end, when seemingly complex concepts become a cakewalk.
The first time I attempted to understand the blockchain and Web3 as a whole, it felt impossible. As far as I was concerned, it was too complicated and there was no understanding it, and with that mindset, I almost gave up. 
Of course, I was going about it the wrong way. What I have come to realize is that understanding the blockchain becomes easier through participation and not passive observation. Reading alone doesn’t cut it. After all, practice makes perfect.
I believe, as a novice who is just beginning their blockchain journey, there are a few stages we all go through before we become experts of sorts. I know I went through these stages before I started to get what the hype was about.
The Initial Impasse: Like many others, my initial interaction with blockchain left me perplexed and somewhat frustrated—okay, really frustrated. The terminology alone seemed designed to exclude the uninitiated and inexperienced, with terms like "nodes," "hash functions," "consensus mechanisms," and “contract address” serving as obstacles to comprehension. Conventional methods of learning, such as reading articles and watching tutorial videos, just added to my perplexity. It was as if I was striving to decipher a foreign language without actually speaking it. No matter how hard I tried to wrap my head around the intricacies of blockchain, it felt like an uphill battle with no end in sight.
The Turning Point: I was on the verge of giving up on the blockchain all together when a friend insisted I buy a token. How was I supposed to do that? I barely understood what an ERC-20 address was. I went back to those conventional learning methods, but this time I did not stop at just reading the articles or watching the tutorial video. I actually did something. I can still remember the smile of triumph when I bought my first token on Quickswap.
It wasn't until I made the conscious decision to engage with blockchain technology firsthand that the fog began to lift. Instead of passively consuming information, I sought out opportunities to participate actively in blockchain networks. Whether it was performing small transactions, staking, or providing liquidity, each hands-on experience provided invaluable insights that no amount of theoretical study could replicate. 
The Power of Practice:
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect, and learning about the blockchain still follows this basic principle. With each subsequent endeavor, my comprehension of blockchain concepts grew, and seemingly difficult ideas became more intuitive. Through trial and error, I gained a renewed appreciation for the ingenuity of blockchain technology. Beneath its seemingly impenetrable exterior was a universe of unlimited possibilities. As I continued to explore the frontiers of blockchain innovation, I came to appreciate its role not only as a disruptive force in the realm of finance and technology but also as a catalyst for positive social change. From empowering marginalized communities to enhancing transparency and accountability in governance, blockchain holds the promise of ushering in a more equitable and inclusive future for all.
Embracing the Learning Curve:
It's important to acknowledge that the path to blockchain proficiency is not without its challenges. There are sure to be moments of frustration, but each obstacle presents a new opportunity for growth. Even the most intimidating topics may be overcome by approaching blockchain with an open mind and a desire to learn through experience.
The only constant in the blockchain is that it’ll keep changing and evolving, so learning never truly ends. Active engagement emerges as a catalyst for understanding blockchain technology as you progress from noob to veteran. By immersing oneself in the realm of blockchain through hands-on experience, seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stand in the way of comprehension begin to crumble. As we accept the learning curve and commit to continuous exploration, the transformative potential of the blockchain becomes not just reachable but immensely rewarding. 
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