I found I never published this post as it was sitting in my drafts few months now — it was written in 13th February, 2010. I’m publishing it without any changes.
I learn therefore I am!
I’ve just wrote few bits about learning a new technology and after skimming through my Google Reader, I noticed a great post by Gwen Shapira — Deliberate Practice. That’s reminded me about another aspect of learning that I didn’t mention — learning is a continuous process.
There are two aspects…
- No matter how good I am and how much I know, my knowledge and expertize become outdated relatively quickly these days unless I keep up with the new stuff. Unfortunately, there is so much new technologies these days that I have to be very selective on what I want to follow which is a big challenge in itself. On the other hand, I’d rather be challenged than bored. As DBA’s we are luckier than Developers — their world changes much faster than ours.
- I forget things I don’t use/do/read about/think about regularly. Refreshing my “old” memory is a must do. This is why I think Chen’s idea of deliberate practice is so great.
Some people are better on keeping the existing tools sharp, while others succeed on the lookout for new ways and techniques. To truly excel, we need to master both.
This photo (it was taken 5 years ago in Australia in one of Sydney’s “wild” parks) reminds me of this continuous learning process — perhaps, it will do the job for you as well.