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I was originally going to write a more tech related post with the same topic, but I came the realise that it could also be more of a general topic.

How does one measure personal growth and development?

A question I find myself always coming back to is “How does one measure personal growth and development?” As we age, we are always going through periods where growth and development are accelerated, like as a young kid, your environment is what contributes to your growth and development. Then we reach a period of highschool, where we are taught the basics of institutionalised learning. And after that, we are in university or secondary learning phase, where we are prodded with more deep thought provoking questions.

All these different periods in life we are growing, but for me it wasn’t until after/during university that I really pondered the metric of growth. My angle is that I began to wonder about how to effectively continue to grow, and develop in skills that I think would be important.

Routine

A procedure that you follow when applied with a task. Passing through those phases of growth and development, you pick up and build your repetoire of routines: brushing your teeth in the shower to save time and water, always writing questions as part of your note taking, staying away from electronics 1 hour before bed.

I firmly believe that these routines are integral to growth and development, because once you have a routine set in place, it allows you to spend your time thinking and doing other tasks that may one day become routine. As somebody who comes from a scientific background, the routine of applying the scientific process to experiments and problems has greatly improved my efficiency. Instead of having to spend time thinking and wondering about how to approach problems, I am able to autopilot and apply a problem solving routine that allows me go through my mind’s rolodex of routines.

Opinions

“Everybody has one, even if they’re wrong”

Now I was originally thinking about this more from a software development side of things. As a more junior developer, often you don’t have many strong opinions about what tools to use, what software paradigm to follow, etc… But lately I’ve been thinking about how important it is to be strongly opinionated, as long as you are open to discourse. But opinions in general are tools that you can use to create discourse, although there may be situations where the outcome may not be what you want.

I think that having an opinionated mindset will force you to think about certain tools you are using, and also force you to constantly question whether or not your opinion is correct. Such is the case when dealing with data analysis, you form an opinion on the data, and you must be able to strongly prefer one result or the other.

I think this post could’ve been stronger, but I got distracted by work…

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