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Hyper-growth Humans: How to Find Growth Materials & Learn x2 Faster

Hyper-growth Humans: How to Find Growth Materials & Learn x2 Faster

I've shared more than 2,000 posts on SoftwareLeadWeekly.com in the past 5+ years. To share these posts, I had to read almost 14,000 posts during that time, which includes blog posts, videos, books and interviews (podcasts).

I want to share some of my lessons learned about:
* Which kind of "Growth Material" you should focus on to become a better software engineer / manager / product manager / QA etc?
* Where and how to find great content (good signal vs. noise ratio)?
* How to consume content x2 faster and retain more knowledge from it?

Are you're seeking for ways to up your game? If so, you'll enjoy this talk.

About Oren:
I'm a lucky man, working on things that are also my hobbies. Currently serving a great team of engineers as the VP Engineering at Forter. Also, the geek behind softwareleadweekly.com, leadingsnowflakes.com and managerreadme.com

Oren Ellenbogen

July 05, 2018
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  1. Hyper-growth Humans:
    How to find growth materials and
    learn x2 faster
    @orenellenbogen

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  2. “Software is eating the world”
    source: Recode
    Marc Andreessen, 2011

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  3. A new economical incentive:
    Millions of people are getting paid
    to learn for their entire career.
    An era of Hyper-growth humans.

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  4. “ I want to
    improve my skills
    around [X], now what? ”
    X: role, domain, practice or tool

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  5. “ Don’t let your schooling get in
    the way of your education ”
    – Mark Twain
    With a new abundance of content,
    learning how to learn is a challenge.

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  6. @orenellenbogen
    VP Engineering at
    About me?

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  7. I’m also the maker of:
    SoftwareLeadWeekly.com LeadingSnowflakes.com ManagerReadme.com
    ~6 years
    Read: 14k
    Recommended: 2K
    Sharing lessons I’ve learned from my journey so far

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  8. My 3 steps
    learning framework
    1. Scout for relevant influencers
    2. Consume content deliberately
    3. Extract and retain more knowledge
    using growth material types

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  9. “Show me your
    friends influencers
    and I’ll tell you who
    you are”

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  10. Influencers as content
    lead generators
    Start with:
    - Who’s already kicking ass at this?
    - Unless prior familiarity, aim for companies

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  11. Q: “How can I improve my skills
    as a Data Engineer?”
    A: ”I heard a few great talks by
    Airbnb’s engineers last week.”
    A real life example:

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  12. The Twitters
    Where humans follow other
    humans and it’s totally fine

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  13. Should I follow them?
    My rule of to validate Signal vs. Noise ratio is
    to browse their last 10 tweets and look for
    - Activity for the past 3 months
    - 1 educational content/reference
    - 1 inspirational content

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  14. 1 educational
    ✅ https://twitter.com/awiedmer

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  15. 1 inspirational
    ✅ https://twitter.com/awiedmer

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  16. How to get the names
    of relevant companies?
    source: TechCrunch

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  17. Or… a different way!

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  18. Weekly newsletters
    e.g.
    datascienceweekly.org
    iosdevweekly.com
    pythonweekly.com
    devopsweekly.com
    softwareleadweekly.com ß shameless plug, I’m bad
    In a way, you “follow” the curator

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  19. Weekly list!
    https://github.com/jondot/awesome-weekly

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  20. Bootstrap
    Follow 30-40 people around your
    area of interest.
    Tips:
    1 Check who they’re following.
    2 Start over every 12 months. New influencers?
    Ask questions, share thoughts (2 way conv.)
    3

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  21. Okay, where were we?
    q Following relevant influencers à content leads
    q Consume content deliberately (x2 as fast)
    q Extract and retain more knowledge using
    growth material types

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  22. + learning ==
    Procrastination will take
    over the bored mind

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  23. Read many books in parallel. Focus is
    overrated, having fun is underrated.
    Read only the chapters you find
    interesting. The author won’t know.
    Write inside the book. Write even
    more if your handwriting is ugly.
    Start at the end and go back. Nobody
    dies, it’s safe.

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  24. Technical reading contains
    a lot of White noise.
    Headline à 1st sentence à decide.
    Read less to read more.

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  25. Improve your vocabulary
    Fluent recognition of word / terms is
    critical to speed up the way you read
    or listen to content.
    Use Anki to apply ”Spaced Repetition”
    Right? 1d à 3d à 1w à 1m à 6m etc.
    Wrong? Back to square one.

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  26. Audio: Play with playing
    X2 speed (eventually)
    Start X1.4 for 2 min. Focus.
    Switch X1.2 for 2 min. Relax.
    Play this trick on X1.6 à X1.4, then
    X1.8 à X1.6 until you can do X2.

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  27. qFollowing relevant influencers à content leads
    qGreat content, double the speed
    q Extract and retain more knowledge using
    growth material types
    Step 3, learn > consume
    “Words per minute is a vanity metric” – @naval

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  28. Growth Material Types
    Technical content will usually help you to:
    (1) Gain new perspective OR
    (2) Learn a pragmatic tactic OR
    (3) Concisely frame an existing view

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  29. New perspective
    e.g.
    “ Chaos Engineering lets you compare
    what you think will happen to what
    actually happens in your systems. You
    literally “break things on purpose” to
    learn how to build more resilient systems.

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  30. Pragmatic tactics
    (Your next visit to StackOverflow)
    e.g.
    “ By wrapping time functions I can write
    tests that behave in a predictable way
    regardless of the actual system’s time

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  31. Framing
    (You: 2min talk. Them: 1 sentence)
    e.g.
    “ Applying Broken Windows theory on
    our system means we don’t tolerate even
    a single failure in our tests or alerts

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  32. “If there is a belief that the brain
    considers part of who we are, it turns
    on its self-defense mode to protect
    that belief.” – Jonas Kaplan
    Prime your for the
    expected growth type

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  33. Let’s try it together with this example:
    Airbnb Sunsetting React Native
    It’s not a surprise if you
    thought about it first ;)

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  34. e.g.
    - Did it remind me of something else?
    - Did it change the way I think? Why not?
    - Did I learn something new? Which type?
    Argue with the author.
    Argue with your beliefs.
    Seek new facts.

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  35. Anchor & Distribute
    • Capture takeaways, don’t summarize
    • Use Anki to increase memory recall
    • Make it applicable to your team
    (distributed memory)

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  36. Surround yourself with the
    influencers you want your
    future-self to be the average of
    @orenellenbogen
    Ask me anything!
    ß Join us, let’s work together!

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