Initially the prospect of ‘starting again’ with a language felt intimidating, and later frustrating. However, like my whole time at Makers, something that I’ve been working hard on is embracing challenges rather than being afraid of them. Instead of worrying about the fact that I don’t know many things, I’m working on relishing the fact that I have an opportunity to be learning something new.
Recently I’ve been re-reading Aaron Swartz’ blog, which I find endlessly inspiring. I especially like this piece on how to be more productive. There’s plenty of practical advice on breaking problems down, and there’s also some more holistic points in there. Like this paragraph:
Life is short (or so I’m told) so why waste it doing something dumb? It’s easy to start working on something because it’s convenient, but you should always be questioning yourself about it. Is there something more important you can work on? Why don’t you do that instead? — Aaron Swarzt, HOWTO: Be more productive