Circumventing Fear of the Unknown

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September 04, 2018

Circumventing Fear of the Unknown

Presented at try! Swift NYC 2018: https://www.tryswift.co/events/2018/nyc/#fear

Slides with speaker notes are here: https://static.ashfurrow.com/try_swift_2018/deck_with_notes.pdf

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Ash Furrow

September 04, 2018
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  1. Circumventing Fear Of The Unknown

  2. Story Time

  3. Agenda 1. Fear Cannot Be Avoided 2. Struggling is Normal

    3. Work Smarter, Not Harder
  4. Fear Cannot Be Avoided

  5. Everyone experiences fear

  6. Fear cannot be avoided

  7. Fear cannot be avoided… But it can be circumvented

  8. We can change our relationship to fear By acknowledging it

  9. None
  10. We can change our relationship to fear By talking about

    it with others
  11. The best work environments Invite you to ask questions And

    talk about feelings
  12. As a human being You deserve a supportive environment

  13. Leaders need to exhibit curiosity And praise curiosity in others

    And encourage empathy
  14. Struggling is Normal

  15. https://jvns.ca

  16. https://jvns.ca

  17. Computers are actually Pretty difficult

  18. Engineers don’t write code Engineers solve problems

  19. Don’t get attached to your code Don’t get attached to

    your tools
  20. There is always someone Lower-stack than you

  21. Work Smarter, Not Harder

  22. Humans want to have an impact

  23. When starting your career You focus on learning a lot

    of new things And gaining experience
  24. Engineers tend to over-specialize

  25. Expert

  26. Expert Generalist

  27. Expert Generalist T-Shaped

  28. Branching out of expertise is difficult You will struggle That’s

    okay
  29. As your career grows You need to shift And focus

    on improving how you work
  30. Forget about flow state

  31. Skill Level Challenge Level Apathy

  32. Skill Level Challenge Level Relaxation

  33. Skill Level Challenge Level Anxiety

  34. Skill Level Challenge Level Flow

  35. Do shallow work

  36. Skill Level Challenge Level Flow

  37. Skill Level Challenge Level Flow Anxiety

  38. Skill Level Challenge Level Shallow work

  39. Pair with other engineers

  40. Focus on a minimum-viable next step

  41. Learn how you work best But don’t overdo it

  42. Wrapping Up 1. Fear Cannot Be Avoided 2. Struggling is

    Normal 3. Work Smarter, Not Harder
  43. You’ve Got This (And it’s okay if you don’t)