Mastering data structures and algorithms (colloquially known as "DSA") is a frustrating experience: It requires such a different type of thinking and is rarely required on the actual software engineering job. This is why if you want to get good at DSA, you need the right mentality first.
Here are the core points from the video:
- DSA learning is an exponential process. You are going to be terrible initially, and eventually things will start to "click" once you hit the inflection point.
- When you feel dumb, understand that this is completely natural: This is almost a good thing as it's entirely expected.
- DSA is very much an input-driven exercise. Build a good process around studying it regularly and commit to it. With constant persistence, you will eventually get to where you want to be!