You learn something new everyday.
Or do you? For quite some time now I have had this sinking feeling in my stomach. While laying in bed last night, unable to sleep, I had an epiphany. I have grown stagnate, content and comfortable in my professional life. I began to recall the days of burying my head into a problem and the sweet exhaustion I felt when I finally figured it out. Then I asked myself where that feeling has been and the answer was right in front of me. Like many around me at work, I was comfortable with what I knew and lost the drive to learn more. I took on only the problems I knew I knew how to fix and thus my days began to drag. I went from looking up at the clock only to find I should have eaten lunch 5 hours ago to staring at the clock, waiting for my day to end.
In the last eleven years at my current employer I have learned one very important thing, you *have* to help yourself. So I am taking it upon myself to make a change. For lack of any real creativity I am going to call it “Learn Something New Everyday”. Maybe this movement stays with me, maybe it goes further, but as long as I stick with it I think I will feel better about myself and thus feel more reward at the end of the day.
The gist of this change is to make a conscious effort to learn or relearn something each day at the start of the day. This will stimulate the brain and spur more thoughts for new things to learn throughout the day. From now until eternity I am going to carve out the first hour of my day to dig into something and learn what it is, what it does what makes it work. Some of these things I will blog about to share with my committed 3 readers and one comment spammer who desperately wants to sell you some Viagra and Cialis.
As a study I will also make an effort to document my feelings to see if this change helps at all. Hell, I may realize I am just a lost cause and I should just be content with life but something tells me different.
I will start today off with learning how to integrate RSpec 2 with Rake and I am feeling cautiously optimistic.