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djtriptych · 2012-02-07 · Original thread
You really have no choice but to be somewhat autodidactic if you develop on the web, but I like to make that point that Tiger Woods has a coach. Michael Jordan had a coach. Coaching is important, because learning happens best with constant feedback.

Just read Moonwalking With Einstein, which touches on this.

Seems like this guy Dr. Ericsson in Florida is the go-to expert on mastery in general.

As working programmers I do think it's easily in our interest to spend time learning how to acquire new skills as well as we can.

Moonwalking With Einstein:

Dr. Ericsson:

schnaars · 2011-12-27 · Original thread
In no order: - Word Catcher - - The Postmortal - - Moonwalking with Einstein - - The Post American World -
sayemm · 2011-09-28 · Original thread
Cool article, this reminds me of how the memory championships mentioned in Joshua Foer's book "Moonwalking With Einstein" ( all workout and watch their personal fitness in order to optimize their mental performance. Gary Kasparov used to also exercise a lot too prior to chess competitions.
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I'm currently reading this one, so far so good:

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

This is a small list of books I want to read:

The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

swanson · 2011-05-14 · Original thread
Moonwalking with Einstein (the book by the article's author) is a really interesting read. I recommend anyone who liked the article to check it out.

There are some interesting ideas related to Joshua's 'deliberate practice' that can be applied to software engineering as well.

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