- Work hard at minimizing your ego & attachment to identity
- Learn deliberately, seek out weaknesses & work hard at them
- Eliminate bad habits, replace them with good, one at a time
- Read a lot, foundational stuff, not just latest hyped thing
“The new basic principle is that in order to learn to avoid making mistakes, we must learn from our mistakes. To cover up mistakes is, therefore, the greatest intellectual sin.”
~ Karl Popper (a quote from Farnam Street Blog)
If you struggle to learn new things, check out this podcast interview with Barbara Oakley. A few years ago I read her book, A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), and it was helpful to me, and even influenced my book, Functional Programming, Simplified.
“Warren Buffett has become one hell of a lot better investor since the day I met him, and so have I. If we had been frozen at any given stage with the knowledge we had, the record would have been much worse than it is today. So the game is to keep learning, and I don’t think people are going to keep learning who don’t like the learning process. You need to like the learning process.”
This is another quote by Charlie Munger. It reminds me both of working on good programming teams, but also of learning from people that I haven’t enjoyed working with, but learned things from.
I’m told that this is a famous poster for designers that I just applied a lot of whiteout to. (The missing words seem to have been inspired by Samuel L. Jackson.) I like “Believe in yourself” and “Trust your gut.”
“You process things a little better when you put pen to paper.”
~ Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos QB on something he learned from Peyton Manning (and something a professor told me in college many years ago)
“The discipline of Zen consists in upsetting this groundwork once and for all, and reconstructing the old frame on an entirely new basis.”
I was talking to a friend the other day about what I learned in college, and I came to the conclusion that I learned two major things.
“I suffered, I learned, I changed.” I found this image on this Pinterest page, and it reminds me of the learning process in general, but mostly of learning about our own minds, feelings, and emotions.
One last post about the 2016 Presidential election. This is from Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara of the Village Zendo on LionsRoar.com. The short, non-religious version is:
Listen > Learn > Act