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Learning the Fundamentals

I would like to talk about my thoughts on learning new things while not forgetting the value of fundamentals. Where I come from history, culture and values are the most important things before learning something new. It is always interesting to learn new things and excel in the area of expertise you are targeting. And we all want to do things fast cause there’s so much information to digest in such short time frame.

Start from the beginning:

What you need to do is start from the beginning not end. Start to study your subject all the way even before its inception times. This way you can visually understand why and where it came from. Remember humans invent to solve problems. If you are doing something new you are solving an existing problem thus you need to know why are you doing that. If your goal is to learn how to play a new musical instrument don’t go just buy the most expensive one at first. That won’t help. What you want to do is learn fundamentals of the music via most simple instrument possible. Flute or keyboard in this case. Learning guitar, violin or drums would come much later stage. If you apply the same rule here in business life you’re much better off getting there and become an expert.

Mastering takes time:

It’s believed that approximately 10,000 hours needed to master a single subject. I’m probably excluding the talent factor in this estimate. If you are talented enough to work and reach higher mastery levels in a shorter timeframe you are either gifted or else extremely lucky to do so. To sustain success in a long run during business life, there are a lot of challenges in front of you. One of that is competing with others who have done the same work for a prolonged time. While trying to catch up with latest and greatest it’s better to start dedicating more time to it.

Time and material on single subject pay off over time:

One thing I found useful is to focus on a single subject at given time. The focus is important in this case of learning while becoming subject matter expert. If we go about the same example above on musical instrument before you’ve mastered the piano skills you wanted to move to electric guitar. Now you are not only failed to learn basics you have opened another hell gate for figuring out techniques behind how electric guitar works with its amplifier, pedals and the sound system around it. This is all fun nothing wrong with it but it will set you back maybe classic or acoustic guitar would have worked better to start with. Again if you apply the same rule in your business life to focus on a single subject, you will see goals are becoming much easier to achieve. It’s not to say there aren’t other techniques such as “Deep Work”.

In conclusion, we are living in technology era with cutting-edge resources at our disposal. When there’s a need to learn something new make sure to spend enough time to learn fundamentals first. This method of building knowledge from the ground up will help you to become more efficient in your endeavor.


Visiting a former work place, employer…

Here’s my first blog. Despite being in the industry for many years( too long to type here) I will not blog about technical areas and specifically on databases. There are many great influencers out there and they are very good at them. I’d recommend following those trends. I will be bringing you some of the experiences that I had with this very technical field from another angle. So my non-technical blogging is officially started, I will be focusing on mentoring, coaching and training successful people and show them how to become more successful. I hope to hold seminars and classes on some interesting subjects that you will find interesting. Here we go and we start with importance of business relations and keeping them positive, active and beneficial for both parties.

Visiting a former work place after a year(whenever you feel ready):

Yesterday I had a chance to visit my former employer. It was a pleasure and great experience for me and I hope everyone I had chance to see had the same feeling as well. Many knew where I was and holding which position since I left but some had no idea and would not be in a position to guess how I was doing. It was a great experience for me in the sense to know how much I was missed. This visit coming to end of year and happy hour of the month event was another incentive added to importance of this day. I tried to visit each and every department spent as much as time possible with everyone had a minute to talk to me. My apologies go to whom I’ve missed or were not present that day.

I kind of knew and felt the delay in for this visit a bit later than planned but still it was good to be back after a year. I recommend keeping very good relations with employers and colleagues you work or worked  with and keep in touch with them no matter where life takes you for whichever reason. One other benefit of having this visit was questions I’ve received and some of the commentaries about myself. These are very important feedback to keep in mind. We often receive many feedback but tend to ignore or miss the actual point. You will get a chance to feel  before and after status of some of the discussions you’ve had in the past. Most of the questions I’ve received were about my current employer and work scope but I also received very interesting questions about work life balance, workplace and future planning. How I do things and manage them. What are the pros & cons of the change. While I tried to answer them this opportunity gave me a chance to think about some of the things to re-consider.

Many thanks to all of my friends to have me and spend such a great day…