Being Fast or Being Good?


Brent Schlenker tweeted an interesting question yesterday,

“Is it better to learn how to be fast at doing something, or to first learn to be good at it?

I think it depends on your goal and it is more important where you end up than where you begin.  The more you create, the faster you adjust (learn), the faster you create a quality output.

Learn by doing.

Eric Scott shared the story that fits well with Brent’s question – what do you think?

A pottery teacher split her class into two halves.

To the first half she said, “You will spend the semester studying pottery, planning, designing, and creating your perfect pot. At the end of the semester, there will be a competition to see whose pot is the best”.

To the other half she said, “You will spend your semester making lots of pots. Your grade will be based on the number of completed pots you finish. At the end of the semester, you’ll also have the opportunity to enter your best pot into a competition.”

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