Just over four months ago I crash-landed back in England after 3 years abroad. I went straight from the airport to Makers Academy to attend the graduation of the August cohort and, 3 days later, was starting out a junior myself.
The challenges of abruptly ending one life to dive headlong into another have, for me, prompted a period of deep introspection. The reason I mention this is as a note to incoming students: starting out as a struggling novice at something you really want to be good at, and having to deal with all the (mostly self-directed) negativity inevitably arising from that, is a great opportunity to challenge negative thought processes in all areas of your life.*
Or, as Lao Tzu wrote a long time ago:
Always we hope
someone else has the answer,
some other place will be better,
some other time,
it will turn out.
This is it.
No one else has the answer,
no other place will be better,
and it has already turned out.
At the center of your being,
you have the answer:
you know who you are and
you know what you want.
There is no need to run outside
for better seeing,
nor to peer from a window.
Rather abide at the center of your being:
for the more you leave it,
the less you learn.
Search your heart and see
the way to do is to be.
Abide at the center of your being.
Anyway, that’s the past. Happily from next Monday I will be joining the coaching team at Makers! It is a logical move for me, given my background in education, and I am very excited. Makers is a company run by some of the most talented and forward-thinking people I have ever met.
I plan to use this blog to trial some ideas I have about the best ways of coaching students in test driven development so stay tuned if you’re interested in that.
* I recommend John Hargrave’s (free) book Mind Hacking for a techy perspective on how you might go about this.