Failure is far worse than not trying. Your job might be a series of tasks. Tasks are work where money is traded for time and effort. You put in a fixed amount of time, expending effort along the way, and you get paid.
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The person at the front desk of a hotel is probably doing a task. So is the lineman working on a high power line. The easier a job is to get, the more likely it involves doing tasks. The way a project gets done is up to you. Your goal is to create an extraordinary outcome, not to perform the tasks. The work done is simply a means to an end. The challenge is in owning the project. Still, I was surprised to hear typing. The person who answered was typing the question into their database and then proceeded to read me the answer.
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And reasonable again to assume that instead of training people to give clear and helpful answers, simply instructed them in what to read. A job that would use any of your skills or care. A job you would look forward to doing. The next step is to have voice recognition replace this pesky worker.
After all, the best cog is no cog at all. Our choice is profound, and more urgent every day: either do a job where your best judgment is required, or do a job where management will work hard to replace you with someone cheaper. In all markets, the market leader gets an unfair advantage. By engaging with the smallest viable audience, you gain the reputation and trust you need to move to ever bigger audiences. If we give an isolated community access to the internet, very quickly, the quality of life will improve.
Time will be saved, research into proven solutions will produce value, and people will become connected to a larger population. Those connections will lead to productivity and learning. Security theater is a rule requiring you to take off your shoes when you get to the airport. And security superstition involves putting security measures in place on a hunch, or because others are doing it.
This is malpractice. Long passwords work better than short ones. Having people change their passwords often simply creates more post-its. Insisting on arcane rules is nothing but theater plus superstition. Software runs our world.
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Building insecure, difficult to use and frustrating software and then forcing people to use it is easily avoided. But it requires leadership and insight, not mindless superstition. Or, you could engage in more than 2, of their courses on their site , for free. When you do education, you pay tuition, plus you pay with a focus on compliance. Traditional education requires that students trade in freedom of choice, coerced by tests and exams. And what do you get? The power of that certificate is extraordinary. Students and their families will go a lifetime in debt to get that paper.
Learning, on the other hand, is self-directed. Learning is voluntary. Many adults in the US read no more than a book a year. The exception: People who have chosen to be high performers.
I know it happened. I know that your experience, your feelings, your outcomes are real. Statistics suffer when compared to anecdotes. Because your mileage may vary. Your interaction with the randomness of the world will never match up to what the statisticians tell us to expect.
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Because averages and correlations are never what we actually experience. We experience a tiny slice of it. What happened to you will never happen to anyone else, not in quite the same way. By relying on well-told stories, we ignore the real truth, the universal truth of how the world actually is. We Have No Idea is a fun and accessible book about the Universe and how little we know of it.
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It's full of clear and fun explanations and cartoons. I spent a whole year working with physicist Daniel Whiteson to create the book, so it would be awesome if you took a moment to check it out and consider buying it!
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When we wrote it, we were inspired to make a book that doesn't just talk about what we know, but also what we don't know about the Universe. How else will the next generation of scientists and explorers be inspired to go out there and expand our horizons? So take a look, and consider buying it for yourself or gifting it to a friend or family member who is graduating!
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