Ta-Nehesi Coates mentions the approach he’s taking to learning French, and asks his readers not to argue:
I’ve found on the autodidact’s path, it’s much more important to “keep going” than to “be right.”
This is a deep truth, and not just for autodidacts. I’ve learned that in life, consistency is everything. If you want to get in shape, the best exercise routine in the world is the one that you can do consistently, right now. People spend too much time thinking about the “best” way to do things, or thinking about what will work for them in five years. Do what you can do right now, and when it quits working or you get tired of it, switch to something else.
In nearly every endeavor in life, “keep going” is pretty much the entire ball game.