I'm enjoying Adam Savage's new book, Every Tool's a Hammer
I'm simultaneously listening to the audiobook as well as reading the hardcover. I'm enjoying the nature of his experience. He's only a few years older than I am, but has tens of thousands of hours of hands-on, problem-solving experience because of the work he chose. It was often model-making for plays and movie sets.
When describing his experience, you quickly realize there's a direct relationship between know-how and time. The more time you invest with materials and process and mistake making, the more notes you accumulate along the way. Like time, repetition helps you build a robust collection of distinctions you can use to more quickly make decisions at the thousands of decision points along the way.
What's frustrating for somebody like Adam is knowing it could be possible to scale with more people involved - and then realizing the tradeoff in per-hour results made by a beginner vs. an expert like himself. In a single day he could make something that might take a beginner months to make. However, he wouldn't be able to communicate the requisite information to get that person up to speed quickly.
It takes time. Just like a big tree couldn't grow overnight no matter how much fertilizer and sun and grow light you gave it. There are physical processes in place and the book describes well the myriad inputs that end up enabling him to create the way he does. A fantastic read.
As my title suggests, Adam isn't being a self-help guru and telling you what you could do to be like himself. Rather, he's describing in great detail things he's experienced along the way. In this way, you get a sense for what's involved. Want to get better in life? Knowing there's a lot or effort and learning involved is valuable. The stories and descriptions make this book a worthy item for your study. (cc @keni )