I usually write about Rust on this blog. Today I want to talk about something personal. I think this is relevant to many of us, and I hope you find it helpful.
I'm sure if this has happened to many of us: You come upon an interesting PR or project on GitHub (or similar) and find that the code and the concept is masterful. Your jaw drops: "Wow this problem is so difficult! How did they do it!? Amazing!" Or maybe you have thoughts of "Why didn't I think of this?"
Then you delve deeper into the main programmer's GitHub profile. The programmer is someone who looks way cooler than you. Or the programmer is way younger than you. It's possible that the programmer has written this project from a less privileged part of the world. It also looks like the programmer has had way less opportunities than you. Yet, despite all of these constraints this person has produced code at a level that you couldn't possibly have, at least at this moment in time.
Or maybe, it turns out that the programmer is at the pinnacle of their industry. It's clear from further "research" (ahem Googling) this person has studied at fill in prestigious university and is now at a fill in prestigious company, earning way more money in a year than you would in many years.