Simon Tan
Musings of a curious developer ت
What is "Learn In Public"?
A brief history of where I first heard of "Learn In Public" and why I am doing it.

I first chanced upon the idea of learning in public on twitter when a friend of mine liked a tweet from an a twitter account by the handle @swyx. In this tweet, swyx shared one of his recent blog post where he wrote about the benefits of learning in public. Since I had some time to spare, I decided to take a look at the post.

Needless to say, I was convinced otherwise I would not even be writing this haha but jokes aside, the post really made a lot of sense. Why would you learn in private and struggle alone when learning in public provides you with a whole slew of benefits that cannot be had if you were to learn in private.

One of my goals for the upcoming years (~2023) is to optimise for growth; what that means is that in the next few years, I want to learn as much as possible with almost everything else considered secondary. In the commencement address for Stanford’s class of 2005, Steve Jobs said:

“Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

This is something I am trying to embrace as well; to only be concerned with what is truly important. As such, I am going to attempt to learn in public and make a lot of mistakes along the way but I believe it will work out fine in the end :').

I am going to start my learn in public journey next month in the area of data science and will be documenting my entire process here so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, if you have some time, I highly recommend reading the learn in public post by swyx. Thanks again for writing such a useful and informative piece!


Last modified on 11 October 2020.
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