Too easy

In the Army, people often talk about conducting training using a “crawl, walk, run” method, that is, you introduce a concept or technique, step through it’s components at a careful pace, and gradually proceed to a full-intensity production. We talk about it. But when it comes to it, the default tends to look a lot more like a “throw them in the deep end of the pool” method, especially when the situation is deemed to be “too easy.”

The more familiar I get with what’s going on, the more I see that with a carefully controlled training experience, really difficult concepts become pretty simple. What makes things hard is floundering around while you figure things out. Learning what to think comes quick; learning how to think is slow. People know this, but we come up with the wrong conclusion. Because learning how to think is slow, we think we should spend more time lost in unfamiliar waters, learning how to think. Not so! No one ever gets better at getting out of complete cluelessness. The trick is to convert more and more things into the category of “what to think.”

Nobody should have to spend time being lost when somebody has a map.

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