How I learn
- I deeply value learning time, as it allows me to be self-indulgent, and grow professionally, as a lot of the concepts are transferable to the workplace. it also alleviates the feeling of burn out, because it’s the kind of work that’s fully in my control.
- Important for a sustainable career imo - I got into software because I’m drawn to the idea of being a lifelong student
- Continuous improvement of my skill is part of what I bring to the table as a professional
- Visual learning & pattern recognition and how that also plays in
- I recently realised, I don’t really understand something until I can ‘visualise’ it in my head.
Heuristics & just in time
- aside - self help as a form of heuristics & general wisdom, and not prescriptive advice/instructions
- I like to learn heuristics, and apply judgement on a case by case basis, just in time
- While on this topic, I found a good conversation about how to think about frameworks for decision making. You will always have to adapt to the environment around you, and frameworks are just a guiding principle
Mental models, how are those related to heuristics? fs.blog/mental-models
- Hands on
- different forms of media
“When you first start to study a field, it seems like you have to memorize a zillion things. You don’t. What you need is to identify the core principles – generally three to twelve of them – that govern the field. The million things you thought you had to memorize are simply various combinations of the core principles.” John T. Reed in Succeeding
- I first came across this in the fs.blog newsletter