Thank you for this uplifting message. Don’t worry about how fast you learn — some people learn quickly and then forget everything because they weren’t really learning in the first place. For every 8 hours that I work, I swear, I spend 6 hours thinking, doing an entire project from start to finish in my head, and I spend the rest of the time writing it down.
This is true for coding, for writing… pretty much for anything I’ve ever done. I’ve had to explain it to employers before because it looks like I’m not being productive, but this is just how I work. I don’t begin writing until all 2000 words are in my head, in order, and ready to be published without revision. Then… BAM. I write it in one sitting.
For awhile, I thought it was a sign that I wasn’t learning, or that I wasn’t understanding enough to just sit down and do the work. After awhile, I realized that I just don’t do well with the whole “trial and error” thing, and I need to see the end result in mind before I begin.