I just learned that soldering irons these days run operating systems and can crash.
I sucked so hard at soldering until I got one of those lol - which sounds a little like a copout except that most of my system is now wired with cables I made myself and would absolutely not be if I'd had to use an analog iron.
It is just a hot stick BUT it's a hot stick with the brains to know when it's getting cold - and I presume at what rate, maybe? - and get hotter! And vice versa, so you can just focus on keeping the tip on the work and feeding the solder, and it almost eliminates the risk of brittle joints or frying a component.
I grew up with one in the house too, I just inherited one of those from my father-in-law! Those are for big, fat joints like a breaker box or something, they'd practically vaporize integrated circuits. Here's the one I got: https://www.tequipment.net/Hakko/FX888D-23BY-Kit2/Soldering-Equipment/
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