… it becomes bad when you continue learning even when you know enough. Even when you’re capable of jumping right into the project and figure things along the way, you keep delaying it. Beginning something new is uncomfortable, therefore instead you choose to read an article or take a course just so you can tell yourself that you’re working, but in reality, you’re just looping, you’re not making any progress on the project.
Repetition (in learning the same topic) can give a false sense of achievement. Of course I will get better repetition after repetition, but that is diminishing return. It is dangerous to indulge in that warm fuzzy feel-good feeling, while the whole time I am just re-learning the same elementary concepts.
Most knowledge worth having comes from practice. It comes from doing. It comes from creating. Reading about the trade war with China doesn’t make you smarter—it gives you something to say at dinner parties. It gives you the illusion that you have the vaguest idea what is happening in our enormously complex world.
“Numbers are important, but if you only focus on numbers that can be measured, you necessarily ignore everything else that cannot be measured.”
“The fallacy refers to McNamara’s belief as to what led the United States to defeat in the Vietnam War—specifically, his quantification of success in the war (e.g., in terms of enemy body count), ignoring other variables.”