This is basically my approach to programming. Prob ~1 book a month, ~3 talks/week, ~7 articles/day since 2001, then books only for the 10 prior years. No special aptitude, just lots of time and practice. https://medium.com/@byrnehobart/the-startling-convexity-of-expertise-5058e90a6c19
(Note: you don't have to "be passionate" or do this to work in programming. I happen to have endless curiosity for it and can indulge it. You do you.)
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