Mastery
Local Maximas
Focus
Masters can melt
people with their minds
We spend most
of our time here
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
on flow
What is flow?
I’ll give you a hint...
?
Flow != meditation
The mental states are
remarkably similar
The flow of a master is
much more effective
Our nervous system
can only process 110
bits of information per
second
Effects
• Completely involved (no notion of self)	

• A sense of ecstasy	

• Inner Clarity	

• Confidence in skills to solv...
Focus has an enemy
25
When you over
caffeinate, your nervous
system can’t funciton
properly
You can’t enter proper
flow when in this state
BS!
We spend most
of our time here
Achieving mastery
requires proper focus
How do we get there?
Power
Power comes in
multiple forms
Locality
Know when to apply
what kind of power
Sometimes
power > elegance
Work in tools that
allow flexible
application of power
and elgance
Simplicity
example:
refactor apache
commons isBlank
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Focus, SCNA 2011

  1. 1. Mastery
  2. 2. Local Maximas
  3. 3. Focus
  4. 4. Masters can melt people with their minds
  5. 5. We spend most of our time here
  6. 6. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on flow
  7. 7. What is flow?
  8. 8. I’ll give you a hint...
  9. 9. ?
  10. 10. Flow != meditation
  11. 11. The mental states are remarkably similar
  12. 12. The flow of a master is much more effective
  13. 13. Our nervous system can only process 110 bits of information per second
  14. 14. Effects • Completely involved (no notion of self) • A sense of ecstasy • Inner Clarity • Confidence in skills to solve the problem • Serenity • Timelessness • Intrinsic motivation
  15. 15. Focus has an enemy
  16. 16. 25
  17. 17. When you over caffeinate, your nervous system can’t funciton properly
  18. 18. You can’t enter proper flow when in this state
  19. 19. BS!
  20. 20. We spend most of our time here
  21. 21. Achieving mastery requires proper focus
  22. 22. How do we get there?
  23. 23. Power
  24. 24. Power comes in multiple forms
  25. 25. Locality
  26. 26. Know when to apply what kind of power
  27. 27. Sometimes power > elegance
  28. 28. Work in tools that allow flexible application of power and elgance
  29. 29. Simplicity
  30. 30. example: refactor apache commons isBlank

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