Here is what I feel whenever I find something interesting and feel like pursuing it :
- Oh so I like X (Computer Graphics), let me read up papers/books about it.
- Ok let me begin with reading up Y (OpenGL)
- But Y needs W (Linear Algebra)
- Well reading up Z (Probability) first makes more sense.
- Umm, you shouldn't jump to Z without learning U (Permutation/Combination).
- And how come I forget about reading V (Number theory)
- And what not..
I always end up searching and reading up "Best books to begin A/B/C/D.." instead of actually making myself begin somewhere. This consumes all my energy and I never really start.
Q. Have others faced this ? Q. How do you handle this and actually begin somewhere ?
Any help would be really appreciated.
Background : I am a working professional, with Masters in Computer Science (fascinated with Computer Graphics etc). Its been two years since my masters but I still kind of miss academia, my thesis work and other interesting stuff I did there. My current work is also pretty interesting and partially overlaps with my interest areas. However, other than work, I would really want to continue doing things related to my masters side by side (and MAY BE take up a Phd somewhere down the line). But the never ending feeling of not knowing anything takes over.
Its not that I am being forced to study any of this. Its purely for my personal interests that I want to pursue it.
Update 1 :
Thank you so much everyone for such overwhelming response. I really like several answers and points raised but haven't marked any yet because I am in the process of trying some and would update if something actually works for me. Meanwhile, I also found this talk really helpful :