So books have been around for a long time and have been a great source of knowledge throughout (and in my opinion they still are). One of the best things you can do if you’re learning a new skill or just want to better yourself is to read, feed your brain. I recently finished reading the book Deep Work by Cal Newport, these are my take away thoughts/lessons.
- The practice of deep work is valuable
- Deep work is necessary
DEEP WORK IS NECESSARY. I understand that this isn’t for everyone, some people are okay with not concentrating deeply on things they do, and some just don’t have such things in their lives… (not all of us have passion for the things we do). I’m saying deep work is necessary mostly to people in:
- Knowledge work, like science, math or research
- Computer science and programming
It could apply to more than the fields I’ve listed above, that’s just what I could think of right now. For Art, its kinda obvious that directors, filmmakers, photographers and storytellers in general spend several hours on projects continuously. People who make paintings, drawings and so forth… the great ones practice Deep work. In science Deep work has been behind massive breakthroughs and inventions, Apollo 11 would not have been possible without the practice of deep work. Just read about Albert Einstein to see what I mean. In computer science and programming Bill Gates is one name that towers above most, in the last chapter of Deep Work , Cal mentions Bill Gates as one of the best deep workers of all time. I personally have been fascinated by Bill Gates and the way he built Microsoft, I’ve read a lot about him (which sounds obsessive), a lot of nerds look up to Bill Gates, I’m one of those nerds … In Literature, you have great poets and authors, writers of all kind, all of which benefit from the practice of deep work.
As someone who is learning the art of computer programming, I figured this could be a good weapon/tool in my arsenal. Deep work, by no doubt takes time to get familiar with, for your brain to adapt to that level of intensity… I’m giving it a shot, I hope you do too.