I finished Josh Waitzkin's The Art of Learning on the flight back from Oakland yesterday. A few important take-aways:
Learning is a process. You learn by working at something. Taking this approach builds resiliency. Did I fail? I can try harder next time.
Make Sandals. The world is wide. It is covered with rocks and thorns. If you wish to go on a journey you can either attempt to pave over all the difficult places, or you can make sandals. Will you try to change your environment to make things easy? Or will you change yourself so that it does not matter?
There is much more to the book than this, of course, but this is what mattered most to me.
In many places it is highly reminiscent of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and the notion of 'Inside Out' as presented in that book.
How can we take those things that distract us or make us angry and change them so that they become powerful motivators for success? Or, at a minimum, make it so that they don't bother us anymore?
Time to make sandals.
My name is Jonathan Fries. I work for Exadel, Inc. Exadel is a great company, with great people all around the world. I currently lead the Boulder, CO, USA office.