Published: Fri 10 August 2018
skills life semantics expert
Yesterday I was out mowing the lawn when my daughter came out of the house with
a poopy diaper in a bag. She tried to save herself from having to step off of
the concrete one step by throwing the bag over the fence at the garbage cans.
In doing so, she over shot the can and then had to go even further, through the
gate, to pick up the bag and finally put it in the trash.
Watching her, I wondered to myself - is this what the difference between novice
and expert looks like? She
thought that she was going to be saving herself
some time - in the end it actually cost her more.
Is true expertise really just the
knowledge of how to save the most amount of
time? To do things with the least amount of effort? After all, the best
programmers and inventors are the lazy ones. You want the ones who do something
twice and go, "Ugh! This is so annoying! Let's never do this again!"
Especially if they know that they're going to have to continue doing it.
Maybe to be an expert it just means that you know what will really take more
time, and what's truly the shortest path.
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