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Monday, May 20, 2019

Why books don’t work

All this suggests a peculiar conclusion: as a medium, books are surprisingly bad at conveying knowledge, and readers mostly don’t realize it.

Thursday, Feb 7, 2019

The Future of Learning

We can’t outpace the half-life of knowledge, but we can change how we think.

Thursday, Jan 17, 2019

Coolest Things I Learned In 2018

It’s fun and eclectic, interesting and intriguing. This is a collection of the most popular insights I shared in 2018.

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019

How a Non-Techie Learned to Code from Scratch

My background is in business and apart from being intellectually curious and interested in technology, I have no previous programming, database or design experience. Like most non-techies, I have lots of ideas (of varying quality), but lack the technical know-how to create a minimum viable product (MVP) without outsourcing the technology.

Monday, Sep 3, 2018

(Deliberate) practice makes perfect: how to become an expert in anything

Typically, repeated practice takes us up to a medium level of success. After an initial spike, progress stalls, plateaus — then grinds to a halt. Because when you reach an average level of competence, your ability stops being a work-in-progress and starts being a reflex. That’s why repeating a skill regularly over many years alone — cooking, driving, exercising — doesn’t lead to expertise. You’re maintaining a skill, not building on it.

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018

The Hard Thing About Learning Hard Things

In the real world, there’s no textbook or curriculum. There’s no way to practice. There’s no source of continuous feedback. There are no teachers — it’s just you and whoever you can convince to help you. So how do you learn something no one can teach you? How do you become a world-class expert on something few people understand?

Friday, Jul 20, 2018

Wynton Marsalis Gives 12 Tips on How to Practice: For Musicians, Athletes, or Anyone Who Wants to Learn Something New

Practicing for countless hours before we can be good at something seems burdensome and boring. Maybe that’s why we’re drawn to stories of instant achievement. At the same time, we teach children they can’t master a skill without discipline and diligence. We repeat pop psych theories that specify the exact number hours required for excellence. The number may be arbitrary, but it comforts us to believe that practice might, eventually, make perfect.

Thursday, Jul 12, 2018

How to read

Learning comes from repetition, but books are long and verbose and not designed with this in mind. You can get a macro, high-level form of repetition by reading multiple books about the same topic, but even this doesn’t guarantee that you will remember the specific things that you want to or how it all hangs together. To try and get more reps in, I think that books should be read in two phase.

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018

How To Learn In One Week What A Job Would Teach You In 6 Months

People want to give you that same piece of advice: quit every job, start your own thing, and don’t look back. But they forget one incredibly important truth. When you’re working a full-time gig, you’re getting paid to learn from people who are further in their careers and lives than you.

Monday, Oct 2, 2017

Lifelong Learning

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

It’s Okay to “Forget” What You Read

If you love books, memory is never a problem. If I read for pure pleasure, what harm is there is forgetting? I get to enjoy the same wonderful book over and over again — for the book-lover, what better gift is there than forgetfulness? But many of us read books for reasons other than pleasure. We want to get something from the books we read.

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017

How to learn new things better?

How to learn new things better?

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016

My journey to becoming a web developer from scratch without a CS degree, 2 years later (and what I learned from it)

Today I’m going to let you know about what went right, and what didn’t, so that anyone else embarking on this journey has better luck than I did. I know articles like this are plentiful, but I’m guessing that maybe I could provide a better insight on the process of learning since 2 years is quite a lot of more time to have found things I could have improved in my learning process.

Thursday, Jul 7, 2016

The Best Way to Learn Anything: The Feynman Technique

There are four simple steps to the Feynman Technique, which I’ll explain below: 1. Choose a Concept, 2. Teach it to a Toddler, 3. Identify Gaps and Go Back to The Source Material, and 4. Review and Simplify.

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016

Stop saying learning to code is easy

Learning to programming is NOT easy but it’s totally possible. You can do it.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Please do learn to code

Here’s why programming — unlike plumbing — is an important skill that everyone should learn: programming is how humans talk to machines.

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016

Is it worth paying for a Coursera course?

There are lots of free courses online but some offer the option of paying and receiving a certificate on completion. Does anyone here have one of those certs? Do they hold any value? Is it worth paying for the cert when you can still do the full course for free?

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016

Why Learning To Code Won't Save Your Job

Unfortunately, many have already learned the hard way that even the best coding chops have their limits. More and more, “learn to code” is looking like bad advice.

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016

What's the most useful online course you have watched?

Fellow Hackers, I am bored and want to learn something new. Have you watched any interesting/useful online courses recently on Coursera/Udemy/edX/OpenUniversity/others? It can be free/paid and I am open to any discipline.

Thursday, Mar 10, 2016

MBA diary: Why you probably don't need an MBA

Which is to say: remember, you do not need an MBA. Only do it if you want to. Food and water are needs; an MBA is an expensive want. Like a Rolex. And that didn’t impress my mother either.