Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Staying Grounded

Sometimes when you're doing things that interest you it's very important to keep yourself grounded.  This means that when you find something new and exciting, you can't just start assuming that it's even useable.  I look at it this way, when I'm trying out something new, or unfamiliar in any way, I have to have an urgent business need for it.  Anything other than that is what I have to consider a fun hobby or an extremely risky investment.  This way, whenever you're working in a new area, you can keep in mind exactly what you want it for.  Assuming that you've labeled your business need correctly, this should be narrow enough to focus your attention to how you're going to benefit from what it is that you are doing.  As a sort of lucky side effect of this, you'll also have an extremely grounded view of whether you're going in the right direction or not and how likely it is that things are actually going to work out.  Without this, there's a pretty good chance you just might start to drift into an unnecessary journey through technical documents and lectures.

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