So, the thought crossed my mind today and I got the bug to write briefly about it.
I'll keep this post brief, but check out my others. Here they are and you tell me whether you think they're worth their salt or not.
1. Grow your logic
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain
With the instant and constant access to media and information in today's age you have to realize the problem in front of you. The lack of teaching logic, significantly, in our schools has so many people falling into fallacious lines of thinking that we're immersed in them daily whether we know it or not. One of the primary things you have to do is to filter out fallacious thought and there's a LOT of it.
So, make sure you know fallacies and decision traps like the back of your hand.
2. Censor your mind/emotion input
The problem with education is it breeds a bunch of same-thinking individuals. Not just that they have the same knowledge, but they actually think identically. To be able to innovate, it takes retaining and utilizing the knowledge you acquire from the mainstream, but breaking out of the rut-think. You have to break out of the standard mental patterns used to attack problems.
There is an overabundance of emotion-think out there nowadays. This is the antithesis of #1. To grow your logic you have to keep a very wide birth of emotion-think. If you know what I mean, then you're probably on course, so stay the course. You need to surround yourself with people who keep control of their emotional thoughts and are willing to take the time and effort to apply reasoning to most all circumstances in their and your life. When you fall off track and start to apply emotion-reasoning, they should call you out and you should be grateful.
3. Be tenacious
"Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work..." - Albert Einstein
It's a bit cliche, but it took Edison 1,000 times. I know it's been said many times and you've heard this before. But think about the mechanics of what it took for him to keep moving forward through those failures. Any one of Edison's failures he could have chosen to change course and could have failed consequently. It took him actively choosing to stay on the same course, with minor deviations, to succeed. That's a whole lot of choosing to proceed in the same direction.
Think of yourself as surrounded by the blind. Only you can see your vision. Others, if for no other reason but their lack of your vision, will likely try to dissuade you from your innovation. You must tune them out because despite their good intentions they can't see it or feel it like you can.
'til next time.
Your friendly Hardcore Software Guy