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Why Doing Things Over and Over Won’t Make You Better

Why Doing Things Over and Over Won’t Make You Better

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Repeating Tasks ≠ Progress

Repeating Tasks ≠ Progress

“A teacher divides a class into two groups. Group A only has to produce one clay pot. Group B has to make as many clay pots as possible. In the end, not only did Group B make more clay pots, but their final pots were better than the ones made by Group A. Quantity leads to quality.”

The argument in The Clay Pot Story is that if you want to get better, you’ve got to produce again and again, not theorise over it. But it is missing a big component.


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The Real Clay Pot Story

What is missing from most stories is that the quantity group of the Clay Pot Story was turning out piles of work and learning from their mistakes while the "quality" group theorised about perfection and had little to show for their efforts.

The real message is to engage in the full learning cycle.


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The Four Steps of the Learning Cycle

The Four Steps of the Learning Cycle

If you want to transform your learning, consider the four pillars of Experiential Learning:

  1. Active Experimentation: Figuring out a way to improve based on an idea.
  2. Concrete Experience: Actually doing something.
  3. Reflective Observation: Doing a postmortem, or reflecting on the experience.
  4. Abstract Conceptualization: Drawing conclusions or principles based on the outcome of that experience that you can use for the next experience.


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Creating Bad Habits

Just turning out clay pots, blog posts, loaves of bread doesn't guarantee improvement. Unless you also actively engage in the learning process, you might just be strengthening bad habits. Once you've formed a bad habit, it can be very difficult to break.

You might feel like you're making progress, but unless you're also learning about your situation, you might be stuck in a productivity loop, just collecting the best hack, the best software, the best list of practices. It feels like you're progressing, but you're not.

You'll only really learn if you use all four steps of the learning cycle.


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