As someone who is always up for learning something new, and with the goal of bringing as much to the table for start up ventures I work with, I recently decided to learn Ruby on Rails. With the goal of not mastering it, but becoming very competent in as short amount of time as possible, I’ve been researching and asking around for what people say is the best way to go about it. That’s how I came across this flow chart (originally from the blog techiferous.com). This is the approach I’m taking, and I thought it would be a great piece to share to anyone interested in learning RoR.
You really only have four resources to work with: Time, Energy, Money, and Information. They each have distinct properties, strengths and weaknesses. In many cases their are sort of “exchange rates” between them. For instance you can often spend money to save time, or, like most people do when they work, slice off little parts of their life (time) and trade those slices for money. Information is unique in that it is primarily a catalyst. If you use it well, it can really leverage the other three. Energy tends to be related to time, but they are not fused directly together — it’s possible to spend time without spending much energy and it’s possible to spend a tremendous amount of energy in a very short period of time. That little framework helps navigate all kinds of planning, deployment, and execution decisions.
This is an excerpt from an article from the 37 signals blog “Signal vs. Noise.” Here’s the link for the full article: http://37signals.com/svn/posts/2954-bootstrapped-profitable-proud-geekdesk
There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master: “If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen?” The Master thought about this, then replied, “Ten years.” The student then said, “But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast – How long then?” Replied the Master, “Well, twenty years.” “But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?” asked the student. “Thirty years,” replied the Master. “But, I do not understand,” said the disappointed student. “At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer.
Why do you say that?” Replied the Master, “When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path.” This is the dilemma I’ve faced within the American education system. We are so focused on a goal, whether it be passing a test, or graduating as first in the class. However, in this way, we do not really learn. We do whatever it takes to achieve our original objective.
This is the beginning of a great post by Kent Healy about a Valedictorian speech critiquing the education system. For the rest of the article please visit http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1WTjO3/www.theuncommonlife.com/blog/conventional-education-is-failing-us-valedictorian-speaks/
I included this video I saw a while back to add another perspective to the discussion, as well as a add a visual element which is helpful.
This is a great video that’s worth your time if your looking into starting your own business. The Business Model Canvas and book referenced here are constantly cited by Steve Blank, and helps identify the most important aspects of any viable business.