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Stop Learning, Start Thinking
Ericbraun_linkedin_head_thumb_mini Posted by Eric Braun on January 21, 2013 0 comments
Yesterday, I watched a TEDxTEEN talk by child prodigy physicist Jacob Barnett (Don't mix him up with "Josh" or you're in for a surprise). He says, "Stop learning, and start thinking!" Yes, he says it with enthusiasm. He cannot contain himself! He attributes his knowledge and understanding with the fact that he takes time out to contemplate an idea in depth. 

Why does he say this? Why could it be true?
When the goal is to create something or solve a problem, we have to think about it. At some point, we will come to the conclusion that we need to do some research -- find books or websites or other people who will gives us some information to use as a tool to solve the problem. This is true learning. This is what we as employers want to see in our employees.
Another thing employers want in employees is people who can work well in teams. They don't always know they want this, but they do. Even the best lone programmer in a corner will not typically be as good as a circle...
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