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Strange about learning

Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never knew even existed. A short while ago I foolishly thought I could learn everything—all the knowledge in the world. Now I hope only to be able to know of its existence, and to understand one grain of it.

— Charlie Gordon, the protagonist from the novel Flowers for Algernon

Hidden conversations

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I was doodling while listening to something the other day. When I looked at the doodle later, I realized it is a good representation of many problems in communication.

  • We say we expected one thing, but in reality, expect something else.
  • We want to say what’s on our mind but are afraid to do it, so we change the topic.
  • We are talking to fill the time and think about a conversation we had before or the one that comes next.

I can’t write in books

I can’t force myself to write in books. Highlighting is off-limits too. I’m not even able to bend them too much; I cringe when I see someone read a paperback bent so that front and back covers are touching. My wife finds my behavior perplexing, and I have tried to figure out why I feel this way. I think I know where it comes from. Read more

The first reaction

The most significant difference between people in my professional environment that succeed in their goals and those who don’t is their first reaction is when something doesn’t go as planned. The successful ask themselves, “Was it me? Could I have done something differently?” and they adapt fast. The not-so-successful blame other people or the environment and stick to their old habits and beliefs.

Other people and your environment affect your work and outcomes for sure, but you are also in the group “other people” for someone else and part of the environment. If you never reflect on your actions, it’s impossible to get better. Gender, education, credentials, and similar have never been, for people I interact with, a reliable indicator of success, but the curious and adaptable mindset has.

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