The Beginner's Creed - Peter J. Denning

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Abraham Getzler

Oct 31, 2018, 1:03:20 PM10/31/18
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I came across this in my breakfast reading.

It looks very relevant.

(abstract and discussion:

The Beginner's Creed

By Peter J. Denning

  • I am a beginner.
  • I am entering a new game about which I know nothing.
  • I do not yet know how to move in this game.
  • I see many other people playing in this game now.
  • This game has gone on for many years prior to my arrival.
  • I am a new recruit arriving here for the first time.
  • I see value to me in learning to navigate in this domain.
  • There is much for me to learn:
    • The basic terminology
    • The basic rules
    • The basic moves of action
    • The basic strategies
  • While I am learning these things I may feel various negative reactions:
    • Overwhelmed at how much there is to learn
    • Insecure that I do not know what to do
    • Inadequate that I lack the capacity to do this
    • Frustrated and discouraged that my progress is so slow
    • Angry that I have been given insufficient guidance
    • Anxious that I will never perform up to expectations on which my career depends
    • Embarrassed that everyone can see my mistakes
  • But these moods are part of being a beginner. It does not serve my goal and ambition to dwell in them. Instead,
    • If I make a mistake, I will ask what lesson does this teach.
    • If I make a discovery, I will celebrate my aha! moment.
    • If I feel alone, I will remember that I have many friends ready to help.
    • If I am stuck, I will ask for help from my teachers.
  • Over time, I will make fewer mistakes.
  • I will gain confidence in my abilities.
  • I will need less guidance from my teachers and friends.
  • I will gain familiarity with the game.
  • I will be able to have intelligent conversations with others in the game.
  • I will not cause breakdowns for promises that I lack the competence to keep.
  • I have an ambition to become competent, perhaps even proficient or expert in this game. But for now,
  • I am a beginner.

Chris Ward

Oct 31, 2018, 8:37:26 PM10/31/18
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Pertinent on many levels.
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