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".

Show Notes

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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?

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Disco Pigs (Rave Mix) by Roy England

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