It’s Easy To Get Good

It’s easy to grow in technical skill — all that takes is work. Your growth is proportional to the work you put in, to a point of diminishing returns — so if you want to get better, you simply work harder, or put in more time.

The hard things are much less tangible, and much more elusive. Things like thoughtfulness, empathy, a sense of priority, a wise perspective — you can’t hustle thoughtfulness, or marathon an empathy session. These things are what impart the artifacts we make with depth, impact, meaning. These are traits that can help create systems that teach, instead of simply responding.

Remember to be a human first, and a maker second. When you lose the former, the latter rapidly diminishes as well.

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