Reawakening is Painful

The reawakening of hope is never painless. It’s like running warm water over a frozen hand: your fingers hurt as feeling comes back to them.

— Barbara Sher, Wishcraft

Find Your Way

We find our way by getting lost. Anything other than that is called reading a map.

Seth Godin

Your Body Is Your Autobiography

Your body is your autobiography. You’re writing it right now.

— Katy Bowmen, Katy Says

Schools Prepare for life of Boredom

I used to think school didn’t give people any learning by doing, no preparation for real life activities. Now I think many schools do provide continual learning by doing of the most basic adult activity — enduring boredom. In school you learn to endure boredom which you will need to do many jobs. No explicit advice is given on how to endure boredom — kids are thrown into an ocean of it and improvise for themselves how to swim or how to live on though drowned.

— Anne Herbert, Whole Earth Review

Think of Your Readers

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live. Code for readability.

— John F. Woods, comp.lang.c++

Pro Failure

You can learn more from failure than success. In failure you’re forced to find out what part did not work. But in success you can believe everything you did was great, when in fact some parts may not have worked at all. Failure forces you to face reality.

— Fred Brooks, Wired Interview

Parenting Recursively

As a parent, I’ve made some of my worst mistakes trying to prevent my children from repeating my mistakes. Yep, it’s recursive.

Kent Beck

Imposter Syndrome

If you don’t feel slightly incompetent you’re probably not learning.

Bill Budge

Transcending Rules

Rules are easy; idiosyncrasies are hard.

— Gary Marcus, Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning.

Fantasy Games

To really ‘get’ certain problems, we have to enter into the simulation and perceive the question and solution in a bodily way.

— Drs. Fernette and Brock Eide, High Fluid Intelligence, Gestures, and Simulation