Christopher T. Ogden

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16 Sep 2012
Working on It

I’m half way through my degree, and despite my good grades I feel as if I’ve learned next to nothing. I’m 20 (nearly 21) years old, and I’m not sure I know how to jumpstart a car or how to make sure I stay on the good side of the IRS.

Something has got to change. Inspired by the No Excuse List, which I was reminded of by J.D. Bentley’s Institutionalized, and Joel Gascoigne’s encouragement to “Work harder on yourself than you do on your startup”, I’ve decided it’s time for a “startup of the self”. I’ve also decided to track my progress openly, as much as I am comfortable with, perhaps a bit more.

What does this involve? I’m not entirely sure yet. My goals are not written in stone. But today I have plenty of options. Online learning platforms are popping up left and right, including edX, Coursera, Venture Lab, Marginal Revolution University, Udacity, and Team Treehouse. Quora, Stack Overflow (and the wider Stack Exchange) provide a great way to get answers to nearly any question. Lift encourages follow through on daily goals to help establish habits (see my profile). Duolingo may be a great way to learn new languages, and Memrise will help reinforce vocabulary through spaced repetition (it might also be worth looking into the courses from the Foreign Service Institute. Programming exercises are plentiful at Project Euler, Hacker Rank, and Interviewstreet. Many books and other resources are published online, including Eloquent JavaScript, The Shape of Design, and A Beginner’s Guide to HTML & CSS.

I could go on, but it’s time to start.