- What’s the thing you cannot learn?
- How to overcome it?
There are unknown unknowns; how to deal with these?
Let’s start in comfort zone:
We roam around known knowns - the space we are comfortable in. You ALREADY learned and use this.
Even in a dev job, we often face challenges we know how to solve - just a matter of time
Known unknowns - skills you haven’t learned YET.
But you know what has to be learned.
Don’t you know how to fix a car? Google some tutorials.
After that, these skills move to known knowns
Let’s keep going - unknown knowns
Unknown knowns are accidental knowledge
For instance, blogging more often makes you think clearer. You don’t realize that until you think about your pre-blogging time. Suddenly, this change is obvious.
This part is most often a byproduct of your activities ;)
Unknown unknows - this is the part you cannot learn
You have no idea it exists. It might be niche, but helpful skill.
Example: once, I didn’t know staring at screens at night wrecks sleep.
Until I read some articles, my sleep quality was poor
What helps here?
To learn something you don’t know it exists, move it to known unknowns part. How?
- Take broader area you want to deep dive into
- Search for these in a medium you prefer:
Examples of activities to learn from:
- articles (x ways for…)/listings
- experts in given area
- exchanging experiences with others
- online courses
In general: the more you expose your mind to others, the more ideas you get.
Lone wolf working in his own closed basement is a myth here. This type has more unknowns than those who collaborate and talk with each other.
Why don’t you go out of building and learn?
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