Technology is changing rapidly and it is a major investment to learn a new skill, technique or technology. Our knowledge gained is so hard fought that it is only natural to rely on it dearly.
But it's a mistake to hold on to this knowledge for too long - you must be open to new ideas.
In this episode of Mobycast, Chris shares with Jon a personal story about learning and growth. After being blindsided by relying on a familiar pattern, a valuable lesson is learned, one summed up well by author Stephen King when he implores us to "kill your darlings".
In this episode, we cover the following topics:
- Technology is changing at an increasing rate, with a constant stream of new things to learn. We discuss how innovation has changed the rules of the game.
- "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller
- Chris recounts a personal story that emphasizes the importance of continual learning and growth.
- During preparation for a previous Mobycast mini-series, he relies on a trusted solution pattern for accessing private subnets.
- But during final fact checking, he discovers entirely new options that may be better/easier solutions.
- We break down some important lessons learned from this experience.
- Why do we think the following Stephen King quote is sage advice for all of us?
- "Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings."
- We then turn our attention to discussing what is your most important skill.
- What is it?
- How can you cultivate it?
- Why does this matter?
Detailed Show Notes
What is Mobycast?
A Podcast About Cloud Native Software Development, AWS, and Distributed Systems