Go and read it, it sums up everything I have to say about the subject. One central theme with Derek's advice is that you are completely in the the power to change your life. I totally agree with this. Although most of his articles relate to music in some way. Derek Sivers is a prime example of the fact that anybody can become a programmer. I recommend that you start to learn to program if you are some kind of designer. I would just learn to program if you already don't know.
"There is no excuse to not start" - Derek Sivers