I've purchased a few books (Learning Action Script 3.0 by Shupe and Rosser, Game Design with Flash by friendsof ED, etc) completed one of them, currently reading through another and doing all the exercises, and STILL, programming almost totally eludes me. It is one of the most frustratingly difficult subjects I have ever tried to learn. Granted I have no friends with similar interests in this department and my girlfriend doesn't approve of me locking myself away in my man-cave trying to learn this stuff; so add to the fact that I have some sort of natural mental retardation preventing me from learning how to code that I have literally no support from anyone around me, and...I honestly am starting to feel like giving up. Sure I've only been trying to learn for about three weeks now while working full time, BUT STILL, I've become incredibly unmotivated.
How did you people do it?! How the hell did you become so skilled at coding? What are you secrets?