I indeed missed a serious career break due to watching a wrong Youtube course video.
I wanted to be a serious Game Programmer. Like everyone else, I had an idea about next Pokemon, and like everyone else I was trying to learn Unity game engine. But I wasn’t finding time during my mundane job – the job that required me to be an app developer, business analyst and all sorts of other roles except what I loved – Game Development.
Fortunately that time arrived. I finally found some project-free time that I could dedicate for self-learning. And I jumped on Unity ship.
After my first online Unity free course on Udemy (which was quite exhaustive but not so lucid and interesting), I was looking forward to something that was light-weight, and involve some good hands-on examples to propel me into making awesome games. I started with a Youtube video about Unity dropdowns, a thing that ate up a lot of time for me.
That video served my purpose, but I had to watch it a lot of time to make out of the concept. The content creator had really put his effort in the youtube course, but it was difficult to comprehend with my programming mindset. It took me 3 full days just to make the dropdowns work! I was accustomed to upload entire native apps during that much time – this was mind-breaking!
What was worse: Due to that invested time, I dragged on to see more from that channel, but made no progress due to same reason.
After ending up losing a lot of unproductive time after Unity, I lost enthusiasm. I abandoned learning Unity and shifted my focus onto other skills that could be immediately helpful, instead of chasing the elusive Game Development dream.
After a few days I read up a Youtube channel recommendation for Brackey’s channel on Unity facebook group. And I wished I had seen it before!
I immediately wanted to subscribe and get started with Unity again, but by that time I was already engrossed in learning web development for my on the job project. My free time had already passed exhausting Unity UI.
Till today, I haven’t rediscovered my game development enthusiasm to go through all Brackey’s great content.
That’s the downside of not quitting early despite when things suck. That says something about the vast world of online learning: Do your research to utilize Youtube Education, but be ready to abandon soon when it sucks. Quit the video / course, not your goal.