The electronics shop guy said this:
When I was building circuits in my early days, I struggled a lot.
I found many circuit diagrams with different types of components. And I had to go to my local electronics shop to buy them.
At the store, I didn’t want to admit that I had no idea what I was doing, so I always pretended to know everything.
I was afraid this electronics guru would just laugh about how little I knew.
But one day, the guy behind the counter asked me a really hard question about a chip.
Something around if I was going to use the chip in astable or monostable mode. I had no idea, so I just said one of the alternatives to hope he would stop asking.
…but then he continued “oh, that’s interesting, so how will you connect the resistors?”
It was game over. I had no idea how to answer his question. And I was prepared to be laughed at by this electronics guru behind the counter.
But he didn’t laugh. Instead he started teaching me thing about what I was planning to make.
And from then on, every time I went to the shop, I was no longer afraid to admit I didn’t know it all.
I have learned a lot since then.
I’ve even built a device that can see through walls:
But I still don’t know it all.
What I DO know now, is…
…where I can find information!
I know some good online resources, I know some good books, and I have a lot of smart friends that I can ask.
And knowing where to find information, is much more important than trying to memorize everything.
|The “secret ingredient” to becoming good at building electronics is:
…TO BUILD ELECTRONICS
Yes it’s simple. But many people don’t do it.
The first roadblock is often:
There’s a lot of information on this available on the web. Also on my blog.
Here’s what I suggest. Follow these steps to get started:
That should get you started.
Keep on Soldering!
Text source: an email from Oyvind