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Rahul PandeyTech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei

Failure Mode: Fake Learning

Fake learning is when an engineer wants feels good by consuming an endless barrage of:

  • Tutorials
  • Books
  • Blogs

These resources (crutches) are addicting because it's easy to monitor progress (40% done with the book!), but they turn out to be terrible for you to retain anything.

Software engineering is about action, not theory. Your goal is to reduce the amount of time from reading about a concept to putting it into practice in front of the computer. This is usually best done within the company, not on a greenfield project or external book you found. Get your hands on the keyboard, and realize that growth comes from discomfort.