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Dreams don’t work unless you do

23.01.2018

Dreams don’t work unless you do

Author: Mehdi Rashadatjou

 

It all started on my 19th birthday a year ago. That was the first time I came in contact with coding and programming in general. I was at my friend’s house who was a hobbyist programmer and knew some PHP and C++. He had to finish a school project that day so he asked me to stick around at his place before going out to celebrate my birthday.

I sat down and watched him work because for me at that time, coding was just something I saw in the movies or online. Knowing little to nothing about the world of programming it fascinated me how you could create something by writing words in what looked like a notepad program.

I didn’t really ask him to show me how coding works because he was busy with the project and I didn't want to bother him. He must have sensed my interest as he offered to show me how coding works afterwards. I am still not sure whether he did this out of guilt for keeping me waiting 3 hours straight on my birthday, but for whatever reason, that changed my life.

I accepted the offer and he pulled out a stack of papers on how to create a login screen in PHP. He showed me what resources I needed and how to read the documentation. We went through the whole project together.

From that moment on, I started to code regularly for a couple of hours every day. Soon after, coding became like a compass to me. It showed me a clear direction I was navigating towards and felt comfortable in.

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I had finished high school 4 months earlier but decided not to enroll in college right away. I wanted to explore the world of coding more seriously now and on my own. Being young and with a lot of free time to spare, coding soon became the biggest priority in my life.

Three months had passed since my birthday and by then I knew how to create a simple login in PHP and other smaller tasks. Around that time I heard about a programming language called “Swift” used for creating iOS Apps. As a frequent App user, Swift instantly drew my attention. After reading about it for a couple of days, I started to learn Swift and mobile development intensely.

At the beginning I enrolled in some online courses and followed tutorials about iOS development. After 2 months of learning, I set my goal to create an App and publish it on the App Store. Loving fitness and working out, I figured I could create a small fitness trainer App that would give the user a workout plan and follow them every step of the way.

At the beginning of the project, I spent around 3 hours per day researching, learning and coding. As the days went by, my interest and passion for problem-solving and creating became greater. I was so hyped and determined, that working 12 hours a day soon became the new norm. And I loved it.

It took me 3 and a half months to create my first App and I still remember the day I uploaded it;  it was 3 am June 6th, 2017.

Fitness App final photo

APPLEBERRY BODYWEIGHT SYSTEM SCREENSHOTS

I have created 2 more Apps since. They are all available in AppStore:

  • APPLEBERRY BODYWEIGHT SYSTEM
  • APPLEBERRY PUSHUP TRAINER
  • ABS & CORE WORKOUT TRAINER

I am not sure if I am talented or a quick learner, but what I do know is that determination plays a key role on the road to success.

“Find something you love and let it kill you (Charles Bukowski)”. I can completely affiliate with this quote. When you take out the literal sense of it, you realize that finding a calling that fulfills you in more ways than just your time and allows you to contribute on a larger scale, you should stick to it. Especially if it excites you.

My passion for programming was recognized in December 2017 at a fantastic hackathon organized by the Technology Park INTERA. Harun, the mentor at the hackathon and developer at Mistral, enjoyed reviewing my Apps and recommended we stay in touch. Soon after, Mistral’s Human Potential team contacted me and we had a great talk, followed by some pleasant interviews.

I am now a proud member of the Mistral community and I couldn’t be happier.