February 23, 2019

Learn the process, not the subject

Some of the challenges that I, as a self-taught person, have had throughout my professional career have not been the theoretical learning of the subjects to which I’ve dedicated myself to learning. Typically the theory is widely available on the internet for everyone.

The biggest challenge I’ve had, has been to navigate between the lines so that you can develop processes of creation, optimization, expansion and finalisation. It’s between the lines that greatness can be achieved, in the intersections.

And these things typically come from experience, from making a lot of mistakes, from experimentation.

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.

I’ve realised early on that the best way I found to learn faster, has been to have people with more experience, that I can consult after I’ve already tried to implement, where I’ve banged, a ton of times, my head against a wall trying to find a solution.

A person that makes me navigate through the creative process of finding a solution so that I can learn the process and not the solution itself.

The bottom line is after you take classes with a teacher, find a mentor who provokes you, by asking the questions that will make you think.

I’ll leave you with a quote a friend of mine shared with me that embodies what I just wrote about:

“Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.”

― G. Michael Hopf

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