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Avoid instant culture
Mindset for self-growth and how to plan for your growth
The microwave heats food within minutes.
The stove gives you fire right away.
You only need 4 minutes to prepare an instant noodle.
We live in an instant world.
Suddenly, we expect to achieve mastery in an instant.
As John W. Gardner pointed out, “Mastery is not something that strikes in an instant, like a thunderbolt, but a gathering power that moves steadily through time, like the weather.”
While technology can help us gain knowledge quicker, our brain is still a primitive tool. In reality, our road to mastery takes a long time—like years. Don't set unrealistic expectations for yourself. Be more patient.
Plan for your growth
Here are two parameters to plan your growth: (A) What is important for your teams + (B) What excites you.
Start dumping: What excites you? What weaknesses do you recognize? What feedback do you get from peers?
Consider doubling down for the one that the team expect you to do well and it excites you
Consider learning for the one that is urgent for the team but you’re not necessarily excited
Consider entertaining your curiosity for the one that you are excited about but not urgent for the team now
Consider park for the one that the team don’t expect you to do well and it doesn’t excite you
Now, go take a piece of paper and start dumping.
Then, choose one. You can’t do everything at once.