My apprenticeship is slowly coming to it’s fated end, so I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about what it’s meant so far. Early in the morning, I read something that put it in very concise terms:
*Note: that tweet comes from a list of 100 pieces of advice. You can find the entire thread [here](https://twitter.com/susannehusebo/status/1006833969416036352).*
13. You are a work in progress. You can and should change as you learn what’s working and what’s not. Come up with a system that lets you do that. Don’t assume it’ll just happen.— Susanne (@susannehusebo) 13 June 2018
If I was asked what the single, greatest piece of value I got from the apprenticeship is, that would be my answer. I learned that I’m a work in progress, that I need to adapt to changes around me and inside of me in the direction I believe is more positive. But the second part of the tweet, that’s where the magic really is for me:
Come up with a system that lets you do that. Don’t assume it’ll just happen.
There’s a lot of meaning in that short sentence. The existence of a system means that you need to find ways to analyze both your current state, that of your environment and be able to react and predict future changes based on actions you have already taken and their result. And, that friends, is a hard task. But accepting as a fact is such a big step in the right direction. Now, you may be asking yourself, how can a system like that look like?
I don’t know if there’s such a thing as a system. There are things that work for some people, and some that work for other people. I know that Uğurcan for example, gets a lot of value from his Trello Board, whereas I see it more of a place to put ideas, and possible learning topics for the future. But there are a couple things that I do believe would be useful for most people:
Those four things may look small, but they’ve helped me create a system that keeps me honest about my own ignorance, expand upon what I learn and helps me grow from mistakes and failures.
One thing I haven’t been able to completely manage yet, is to know when something learned was of really high value. I’m at a point where I’m done absorbing everything, and I believe it’s time to be a bit more opinionated on what I spend time on. Or, maybe I’ll try to do that and find out that the “absorb everything” method was better. You never know.
That’s why it’s fun.