“The White Belt”

This is the first Apprenticeship Patterns Blog Posts, I choose “The White Belt” in the second chapter, it represents maintaining a beginner’s mind regardless of your expertise. This is the second chapter of book “Apprenticeship Patterns: Guidance for the Aspiring Software Craftsman” by Dave Hoover and Adewale Oshineye. The young philosopher- “Can’t you see the cup is already full and overflowing?”. The more experience you already have, the more effort you will need to put into “emptying your cup,” meaning the more you learned the more you have to “emptying your cup”. We must be humble, to able to thrive and get to next level.

To able to have new mindset new skills, sometimes we must go back “The White Belt” to unlearn what we had learn. I thought this pattern is interesting, this help us how to learn new thing and our attitude go about it. Once we learned language, specially first language, we have pride in out skill. Although it is good for you have confident, if you want to learn new thing. In our mindset, we will try to relate to what we had learn. Sometimes that make we learn new thing much harder. To solve this, “The White Belt” suggest that we find an opportunity to unlearn something, like as we go back and wear white bell as beginner. You have to learn new language, with new structure as you first time learning the language. I have to agree on this pattern on this, we need to learn new language and new functional way of building. I need full attention into learn first, once I understand fully then I could compare what I have learn. Although I don’t have a large library of language, this technique will help me in my profession. This also would help me in career, it is good to know someone who do thing different than you. They will make you understand and learn from them.

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