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What does a golfer typically “learn” when they miss a putt to the left? Do they say:
“I wonder….whether I misread the slope, the grain, a puff of wind hit the ball, whether the ball was dirty or malformed or my putter path was non-linear, off-center or the putter path was non-normal to the ball path…what could it be?”
A few individuals seem to learn complex skills like drawing or golf (or HCI?) with very little structured education. Why?
Innate talent? In some cases. Perhaps, more likely…
In a huge pool of equally talented people, the vast majority will get “trapped” in local maxima; a small minority will make a few crucial choices to get to the “globally good” part of the terrain and incrementally improve.
"Stop trying to hit the ball. Forget the ball. You're not here to hit the ball. You are here only to execute a beautiful swing. If you happen to be standing near the ball and it gets in the way and rockets down the fairway, so be it."
I was trying to explain to someone about a "mole" in chemistry. They kept thinking it was like a measure of weight or volume. With some exasperation, I finally said, "NO! It's like eggs. They come in a dozen. It's just like a dozen...only there are a lot more than a dozen in a mole. Avagadro's number to be exact." And, they got it.
You are in a meeting room. Your calendar says the meeting is supposed to start at 10 am. The clock on the wall says 10:15. John is not here yet. You think: “John doesn’t really care about this project.”
According to the “Rule of Six” you need to generate five additional explanations for the current situation.
The Iroquois reflect on how giant tree sloths became extinct and how even now bear and deer are more difficult to find; they decide to understand more about how their four-footed brothers live and ensure the world is arranged for their prosperity.
Later, when confronted with a war-like tribe with superior weaponry, they see that this other tribe, unlike the Iroquois, has a strict division of labor between men and women. The Iroquois use this, first to learn the arts of war and then, when battle comes, to “freak out” their opponents by sending five women to fight their braves.
Small Successes Early Based on the story of Old Grandfather who invented Clothing