Learning more when its broken

At the day job I had a few things go wrong today and I was speaking to a colleague who said “heyho, I usually learn more when it’s broke”. It’s true, but why? Because when it’s broken, if we really want to fix it, we get look closely at how something works. We follow our noses, weigh up options, carefully consider consequences. We get curious, … Continue reading Learning more when its broken

Don’t know – at least not yet

As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten less and less afraid of saying “I don’t know”. To friends, colleagues, and even bosses. It’s okay to acknowledge that you don’t have all the answers. If you’re expected to have an answer and you don’t yet, the sooner you acknowledge that and seek it, the better. Hiding ignorance isn’t a long term strategy for success. Neither is prevaricating, … Continue reading Don’t know – at least not yet

You don’t know, you know

Reading on from the First Round Review newsletter today (thanks for that tip, Dan), I clicked on a link about imposter syndrome. Dr Emily Anhalt notes: “Most people with competence have some Imposter Syndrome, because they know how much they don’t know. It’s the opposite of the Dunning-Kruger effect.” Competent people know how much they don’t know. If you’re feeling inadequate, remember you’re merely conscious … Continue reading You don’t know, you know