I’ve fallen in love with audible. I can pack in a few extra words of wisdom when I’m walking, doing laundry, cooking etc. Definitely an improvement from the random patchy music I listen to on the youtube app. I’ve got through a range of self-improvement, business, and biographical books. I liked the first one and then got lazy with the recommendations. (If you have any recommendations I would love to hear from you in the contact or comments section).
One story that has struck a cord with me is the tale of Dyson. When he filed for a patent to apply cyclone technology to vacuum cleaners there was already multiple patents with this concept. Some even dated back to the 1940s. The reason why he succeeded whilst plenty others failed was because he tried again and again. He kept records of his failures and constantly improved via marginal gains. We all know him for bringing the concept of cyclone technology to vacumes. In reality, he was the person who was willing to fail and try again until cyclone technology worked in vacumes. In coding and clinical innovation, I have found plenty of doctors and nurses who are simply too scared to fail. This is understandable. Failures and errors can lead to death. There is also a blame culture in the NHS. However, when you start out on your coding career do not fear failure. You write bad code, you’ve written bad code. No one needs to see it. If you code something no one uses don’t worry, you’ve learnt the right technical skills to bring the project to execution. Your next project will be better.