2023: A Year of Learning

With the year ending soon, today I spent some time reflecting on the last twelve months. If I had to sum up 2023, I’d characterize it as a year of learning.

At the beginning of the year, I knew I wanted to learn a complex, difficult topic as rapidly as possible, so I spent time fine-tuning my approach to learning. I then used those newly refreshed learning skills to learn as much as possible about my target topic from people who’ve mastered it. I reflected on their wisdom and looked for insights they and others weren’t aware of. Knowing something and applying it are two different things. I tend to know I’ve mastered something when I can apply it successfully. I applied what I learned from the masters, slightly modifying things based on my insights, in an iterative testing approach. Most tests were successful and showed I understood the concept well. Some failed, and I learned even more from them.

I feel good about what I learned this year. It may have a material impact on the rest of my life. I’m excited about 2024. I can’t wait to apply what I learned in 2023 and start the learning process again with a new topic!