Discipline is hard. Discipline is being responsible for your own development. Discipline is not letting your manager or employer organise all your training needs. Discipline makes you stronger.
But discipline can be fun too.
Have you attended a weekend or weeknight testing event? I’ve attended a few weeknight events recently and they’re great training opportunity to develop as a tester. The events provide an environment where you need to think on your feet as a tester, practise testing techniques and where you need to articulate your thoughts from test planning to reporting issues you’ve found. All of this without the fear of failure as it really doesn’t matter if you miss a bug or say something stupid, no one is going to bring it up in your next performance appraisal. It’s a win-win-win situation (the third win is because it’s a fun event – #WIN!)
Here’s a little badge I drew for the weekend testers to celebrate their 50th event anniversary.