5.17|Interest is much more unevenly distributed than ability

前两天还跟弯尼聊不要功利的找项目,自然而然的找兴趣更重要。你需要一个载体,但是不要刻意去找。不然又陷入了功利主义。你应该就是广泛的去接触生活,在这之中自然而然的找到你的热情。

今天就发现Paul Graham的一篇文章《the bus ticket theory of genius》,里面最让我印象深刻的是这句:Interest is much more unevenly distributed than ability。兴趣比能力更加分布不均

“But the most exciting implication of the bus ticket theory is that it suggests ways to encourage great work. If the recipe for genius is simply natural ability plus hard work, all we can do is hope we have a lot of ability, and work as hard as we can. But if interest is a critical ingredient in genius, we may be able, by cultivating interest, to cultivate genius.

For example, for the very ambitious, the bus ticket theory suggests that the way to do great work is to relax a little. Instead of gritting your teeth and diligently pursuing what all your peers agree is the most promising line of research, maybe you should try doing something just for fun. And if you’re stuck, that may be the vector along which to break out.”

比起拼命找能力和确认能力的我,放松的玩好像是更重要的。

里面还讲到如何发现、培养甚至创造你的“interest”呢?

“It may even be that we can cultivate a habit of intellectual bus ticket collecting in kids. The usual plan in education is to start with a broad, shallow focus, then gradually become more specialized. But I’ve done the opposite with my kids. I know I can count on their school to handle the broad, shallow part, so I take them deep.

When they get interested in something, however random, I encourage them to go preposterously, bus ticket collectorly, deep. I don’t do this because of the bus ticket theory. I do it because I want them to feel the joy of learning, and they’re never going to feel that about something I’m making them learn. It has to be something they’re interested in. I’m just following the path of least resistance; depth is a byproduct. But if in trying to show them the joy of learning I also end up training them to go deep, so much the better.”

和谈恋爱一样,最开始是一个randomly对一个人兴趣,后面怎么就一步步加深变成那个唯一的真爱呢??《爱的多重奏》里说爱情是偶然被固定。兴趣大概也是如此,是偶然被固定,只要你持续投入。有任何随意的感兴趣的事情,都走得深一些,更深一些。

一点点的发现它,感受它,爱上它。

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