I think this is a pretty important and philosophical thread so i decided to comment on this.
How I see it is: you are always a noob no matter how much you learn(ofc this is in the broad sense).
I think somewhere along the lines with cameron and MrGodin. I think there is some sort of negative
connotation to the word noob that actually conflicts with reason. I don't think it is bad to be new to something. I think it is always good to explore new stuff that one has never done before. Indeed, many people live their lives and have never seen how a computer program is made.
I also don't want to be overly optimistic and say that it is fun, inspiring or something like that. No -
if i honestly think about it - it is hard and effort-consuming. But people tend to like effort - after all - chili makes a lot of effort into making his videos - i think it is not necessarily fun - but praise of his viewers and feeling of accomplishment keeps him going.
I would not call myself master at anything. From experience i would suggest though that if you
want to be skillful at something, practice it at first not too often but regularly. With that you can
develop a kind of longing and desire to wait for the next practice to get better. And after some while
you can increase frequency of practice(in my opinion it's better than to start doing something day
and night and burning out).In almost any field that i have countered practicing basics is really important.I think it applies to programming too(so practice your ass off with loops,variables,functions,arrays and shit).
I would also suggest to be observant and seek for improvement even in simple matters. For me there is almost always been some(seemingly simple) stuff that I could have improved if i would ever thought of it(because in fact nothing is simple). Whole internet is out there where you can search
for resources and experience of others and shit. That is after all how you found this forum.
I've read a nice blog post. It's about higher education
I find that post utter rubbish. I loath mandatory education including universities and their courses
and similar crap.
And speaking about career, CV's and so.In the article the guy writes that at the end ones portfolio
is important and the stuff one has really done. I have long thought about some day when i should apply for a new job with a real CV - where I would really write those things that i have mostly spent my time and effort on - like watching rubbish shared on internet, countless hours of one or other videogame etc.
I shall try it one day