Ask any craftsperson how they got into what they do. They’ll likely tell you a story that includes a moment where they spent some time with the craft hands-on and fell in love with some aspect of it.
One of my favorite memories early in my tech career was completing the ‘Hello World’ exercises for scripting languages that were emerging and shaping the tech landscape.
There’s a connection that happens when we have an experience that helps us contextualize something new being a part of our lives. When we execute our first line of code successfully or admire that the stool we just built, it builds confidence in the art form we’ve invested a small amount of our time in. It creates an experience to build on.