Or, how have you become a successful web developer?...
The reason I ask is because I find the number of different technologies out there that need to be used is quite overwhelming.
I mean just to become a decent, semi-employable developer you need to know:
To master of become proficient in any of these technologies (barring maybe HTML/CSS) is quite difficult and there is a lot to learn.
I am wondering what route you took to becoming a developer, how much time it took to become a skilled professional. Did you do it alone, teaching yourself with online resources? or were you mentored by a pro?
What was your first professional job, what was the pay like, did you struggle with university or breeze through it.
I am basically asking about all aspects of you going from - I want to be a developer/programmer to actually becoming a competent pro.
I'm really interested to hear the replies from current pro web developers and programmers and also other aspiring to be so.