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I Have No Talent

I Have No Talent

Keynote presentation for the 2010 Great Lakes Ruby Bash.

John Nunemaker

December 30, 2010

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  1. Ordered List John Nunemaker Great Lakes Ruby Bash, Lansing MI

    April 17, 2010 I Have No Talent An Organized Rant
  2. 2006 rails, ruby, terminal, http requests, parsing xml/json, version control,

    class/instance variables, testing first rails site, railstips.org, nd forum
  3. “ Jim Collins Greatness is not a function of circumstances.

    Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice. You must maintain an unwavering faith that you can, and will prevail in the end. Good To Great
  4. “ Malcolm Gladwell We sometimes think of being good at

    mathematics as an innate ability. You either have "it" or you don't. [...] it's not so much ability as attitude. You master mathematics if you are willing to try. Outliers
  5. “ Children who associate success with hard work tend to

    have a “mastery-oriented response” to challenging situations, while children who see themselves as just plain “smart” or “dumb,” or “good” or “bad” at something, have a “learned helplessness orientation.” Josh Waitzkin The Art of Learning
  6. “ Jim Stigler, UCLA Prof The Japanese [teachers] want their

    kids to struggle. [...] American teachers, though, worked like waiters. Whenever there was a struggle, they wanted to move past it, make sure the class kept gliding along. But you don't learn by gliding. The Teaching Gap
  7. “ Great companies did not focus on what to do,

    but rather what not to do and what to stop doing. Jim Collins Good To Great
  8. “ The best people in any field are those who

    devote the most hours to what the researchers call “deliberate practice”. Geoffrey Colvin What It Takes To Be Great
  9. “ For example: Simply hitting a bucket of balls is

    not deliberate practice, which is why most golfers don't get better. Hitting an eight-iron 300 times with a goal of leaving the ball within 20 feet of the pin 80 percent of the time, continually observing results and making appropriate adjustments, and doing that for hours every day - that's deliberate practice. Geoffrey Colvin What It Takes To Be Great
  10. “ Understand that talent doesn’t mean intelligence, motivation or personality

    traits. It’s an innate ability to do some specific activity especially well. Geoffrey Colvin What It Takes To Be Great
  11. “ Geoffrey Colvin Maybe we can't expect most people to

    achieve greatness. It's just too demanding. But the striking, liberating news is that greatness isn't reserved for a preordained few. It is available to you and to everyone. What It Takes To Be Great