Do stuff you’re bad at

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It was dark in my old home town and I’d just run over a curb. I was piloting the Nissan Rogue Sport SUV I’d rented earlier in the day, driving through Ambler, Pennsylvania, a half-mile from where I went to high school and 400 miles from where I live now. You know how, when you … Continued

What did you learn today? And would you blog it?

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After 1,789 blog posts here, I may have learned something about blogging — and about myself. And if I’ve learned something, I’ve also learned that I have to share it. What did you learn today? Imagine for a moment that, like me, you have decided to do a substantive blog post every weekday. What would … Continued

Why I write

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In six decades on earth, I’ve learned that these things are worth doing. Learning. Because knowing a thing you didn’t know before is a joy in itself. This is as essential to me as it was when I was small — it keeps me going. Teaching. Because that is how you can bring the joy … Continued

In praise of ignorance and being wrong

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What comes before learning? In 1995, I was out of work and interviewing for a job as an analyst at a research company. As they described the job to me, I became very excited. My job was going to be to identify important questions for business clients where the answer was not yet known. Like … Continued

Learning, teaching, and knowing

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When you learn things, you know them. Then, if you try to teach someone else, you realize you don’t know them, and you learn them at a deeper level. I recently tried to teach my teenager to parallel park. I’ve been successfully parallel parking for many decades, of course, but we needed to practice together to … Continued