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David Wen
Entrepreneur, software developer, management consultant. He likes to wear visors.
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Learning or lessons

I’ve often wondered which is the better path when learning something - doing it with or without direction right from the start.  I’d like to coin a term now that I’m sure will sweep the world - passion management. (In case you’re wondering, I was the creator of ’kao’, so I have experience coining words).

Say a child wants to learn art.  Parent A says, “Ooh~ what would you like to draw little Timmy?  Let me know what you need and I’ll see how we can draw something awesome!”  Parent B says, “Ooh~ uncle Joe is a famous artist, why don’t I take you for lessons on Monday?”

Who’s going to grow up to be a master of art?  I believe you should cultivate the passion in the kid until the point when the kid is hitting his head against a brick wall, trying to get pass a plateau in his learning.  Then you bring him to a master, where he will then soak up everything he can.  Of course, after a while the kid will need to break out on his own again or he’ll simply conform to the mould that his master has set.  And so on and so forth the student does intermittent check-ins with the master, also known as mentorship.

Do you think this guy started by drawing at his art teacher’s house?  I’m trying out my own theory by doing this in ukulele learning, triathlon swimming, and, of course, web development.  Will keep you posted :)

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David Wen
Entrepreneur, software developer, management consultant. He once watched Parent Trap twice, back to back.