In a world of information abundance, how do you find good influences?
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This was very informative. My problem for a long time was that I was collecting a lot of hollow knowledge without realizing it. Part of the reason was knowing that I could look anything up prevented me from exploring things in detail but the advice to focus on process rather than results is very useful.
The whole series found me by way of an email list. So thank you for having me exposed to this milieu.
I've always been of the mind that "learning by osmosis" is the best way to learn a craft, or a trade. Simply by exposing ourselves to new tasks, we have the ability to pick up on very subtle traits that are crucial to said activity. That's why apprenticeships are so very powerful.
You have also exposed a pattern that I have instinctively used to find interesting work. Post a thing that you make that's somewhat uncommon and someone will find you. Bingo! That's a great way of shaping one's own destiny.
Oh, I also learn by expressing my thoughts. Thank you for sharing.
This was beautiful and important. Thank you!
So many great and important ideas here
You put into words some intuitions that I have kinda independently figured but wasn’t eloquent to say or confident enough to pursue
You have given me permission (of sorts) to do the more passive input consumption of Rincon and your wife
Metrics make is so that we aim to exploit paths we already know rather than to take the time to slowly explore and let information sink in
Switching from the mindset of instantaneous value production to that of long term satisfaction and gain is very difficult when your environment positively reinforces the former and negatively reinforces the latter. I've realized that I need an environment of people with whom to discuss and pick apart ideas to learn rather than to act. Because discussing an idea for action fails to consider the second and third order consequences and it's long term value.
As a teenager, I was a professional violin player and spent 40+ hours a week with the orchestra. In order to learn new pieces quickly, I learned that I could memorize pieces much quicker if I put them on repeat as background noise. Now reading this I am going to use this again
It's refreshing to read these thorough examinations of learning and environment curation
I look forward to reading more