For me my path to coldfusion, was half a drive to know more, learn more, be more.
I was working at a Tech Support job for a local ISP. Getting that rapid burn out we all get after time, and wanted to learn more.
I pushed myself to find out how to create a framed interface, (yes, I know frames suck, but can be a good solution for intranets.)
And as that went on, I became the webmaster, hostmaster and what not.
But I was never settling for whatever I currently knew, I always wanted to know, learn and master more.
So I was always bothering the web developer, at the ISP's web department to learn more, to learn, what the heck is coldfusion, etc....
And with time,grew to master more and more of my skills.
But as I have gotten older, I have seen how so many (apparently, but not confirmed) people were trained by their companies, or were sent on conferences by their companies.
I just have always wondered, what it took to get more education, the support of even half-way from companies.
Also I wonder what all of your learning paths are like?
I realize things have changed since the dot-com bomb, but if we're all to get better, and there really is no formalized training system, how can we improve other than thru conferences?
Especially if we're all so self-taught, that must inhibit our real awareness of each other's work in terms of quantity and quality.
That's my thought of the day...
How do you train yourself?