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The Best Way To Avoid First-Hand Fatigue

The Best Way To Avoid First-Hand Fatigue

Stewart Hillhouse
Stewart Hillhouse

First-hand fatigue occurs when you least expect it.

This is the natural cycle for anyone learning a new skill.

At first you suck. Then you get the basics. Then you get complacent.

You develop first-hand fatigue somewhere between being pretty good and being a master.

In order to get to the other side, you must do things differently than you're currently comfortable with.

To break the monotony of first-hand fatigue you must teach.

Teaching is like learning for a second time.

It forces you out of your own head and into the mind of your student. You must see the world in third-person, through the eyes of your student.

They have not seen that crank turn ten thousand times like you have. You must be patient.

It's in those moments when you need to slow down and break a concept apart you begin to realize there are layers to your work that you had never noticed.

Because on the first pass, you're eager to learn as much as necessary to advance to the next level of your work.

But on the second pass (the teaching pass), you're able to appreciate nuances that you've missed.

What's boring to you is going to be magical to someone else.

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