Can I Learn Python in a Month?

Week 1: A Brief Introduction To Python · Lesson 1 · 5 minutes

- Hi everyone!
Welcome to One Month Python, brought to you by One Month.
My name is Mattan Griffel and I'm gonna introduce
myself really quickly before we get started.
So I'm one of the co-founders of One Month along with
Chris Castiglione who you may have seen before if you've
taken any other One Month classes such as Programming
for Non-Programmers, or One Month HTML,
or One Month JavaScript.
My story is that I probably started out learning programming
a lot like you.
I never studied Computer Science.
I actually studied Business undergrad.
And I started working at a startup out of college
and I came up with this idea, at some point along the way,
for something I wanted to build.
And the problem was that I didn't actually know
how to build it.
I knew it was technical so I knew that I'd probably need
like a developer.
It was this idea for a website basically.
And I kept trynna find developers.
I live here in New York City so there's all these tech
meetups you can go to.
A friend of mine to me to check out a few.
And I kept pitching my idea around to people,
but they kind of weren't all that interested
or it didn't really stick.
Or I would find people sometimes, but I didn't have any
money to pay a developer.
I was looking for a technical co-founder essentially.
And after months and months of going around to trying
to find someone who can make this idea happen,
I had a friend named John and John sat me down and he said,
"Listen Mattan, I hate to break it to you, but if you're
"looking for someone else to make your idea happen,
"it's never gonna happen.
"Stop waiting to find that perfect technical co-founder
"and start learning how to code yourself."
And he told me this story of how he had initially taught
himself how to code using some online guides.
He spent the summer working at a parking garage in high
school and managed to find these guides and build a website
for himself and even though he didn't know
anything about coding.
And this, to me, inspired me because it made me realize,
okay maybe this is something I can try.
I didn't rally have high expectations, but I gave it a shot.
And I gave myself exactly a month 'cause I figured
I don't wanna do this for too long before I know that
maybe it's not for me.
But I thought I would need at least a month,
not just like a week or a few days to see if I can
actually build something real.
And at the end of that month, I was astounded by
the progress that I'd made.
You'll be surprised at how much you can learn in a short
amount of time with a month of dedicated effort.
And that one month has been the starting off point for
so many amazing changes in my career.
Based on that course, I started teaching at General
Assembly, and on Skillshare, and Udemy,
and a few other places.
And actually ended up producing one of the best selling
classes they'd ever had.
We had 6 thousand students in this first Skillshare course.
And all that it was, was me telling other people about
how I'd manage to learn how to code in a month.
I was showing people the tips of where they should start
because a lot of people don't know where they should start.
And I just put together the class that I wish had existed
for me when I was first learning.
Because unfortunately, as you'll learn if you watch
YouTube videos or pick up a book, a lot of these guides
are not built with beginners in mind.
And they don't really expect that you wanna be able to do
something tangible and have something to show for yourself
after a short amount of time.
So they'll start either way too slow or go way too quickly.
And that was what made One Month's classes so successful.
Was by the end of a One Month class, you'll have something
really powerful to show for yourself and you can then
take that and maybe go get a job, or became a junior
developer, or build a prototype of what you have in mind,
or apply it to whatever you're currently doing even if it
has nothing to do with coding.
I guarantee that you will learn what we do and then realize,
Oh I could apply that to this kinda thing to do my job
that much better.
Now you're more valuable.
Now you can ask for higher salaries, now you're just
able to do more in the marketplace.
So based on that, and the success of these classes,
One Month was actually accepted into this program
called Y Combinator which is an accelerator
based in Silicon Valley.
We went there, we raised funding, we produced many,
many more One Month classes and we're excited to bring
them to you.
Andreesen Horowitz is one of our investors as well
as several others.
And yeah.
So that's a little bit more about myself,
but I don't wanna bore you too much.
Let's get into the actual details of the class.