Author Archives: Johan Bastiaens
A few weeks ago, I re-read Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware, by Andy Hunt. I’ve read it before, but this time something stood out to me: the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition. This model was first explained by … Continue reading
You’ve probably heard of the Stanford Marshmallow experiment. Researchers offered children a piece of their favorite candy with two options: to eat it right now, or to wait for fifteen minutes and receive an extra piece of candy. Supposedly, the … Continue reading
Over the last month, I’ve come to realize that maintaining this blog is going to take a LOT of work. If I compare the free time I have available in a given week to the time it takes to write … Continue reading
Why is Philip Morris still in business? Why do some people refuse to board an airplane? Do you play the lottery? Most people are horrible at risk management. Our human brains aren’t wired to handle probability calculations. There’s a ton … Continue reading
In a guest post on I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Cal Newport argues that the conventional wisdom about big accomplishment, which says getting started is the key to success, might be dead wrong. I disagree.
During my professional life as an Industrial Engineer, I’ve considered a number of career moves. This was either because I received an offer, or because I applied for a position. Some, I accepted. Others, I declined. I imagine it’s that … Continue reading