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Learn Programming and Electronics with Arduino

Mar 24, 2017


Will the Chicken Cross the Road?

So there's this chicken, and he's on the side of the road. He wants to cross the road. He wants to get to the other side.

Before he steps out and crosses the road, he looks both ways. That is a rational thing to do. If he doesn't look both ways, and he just steps out, he's going to get smashed by a car, and he won't get to the other side of the road.

This chicken is a little bit of a nervous chicken. He is just sitting there and watching. A car passes by, another car passes by, and he's looking at each one. He is analyzing the traffic, but he never steps out in the street and actually makes any progress because he's always afraid a car is going to come and nail him.

Will the Chicken cross the road?

Now, in some regards, you and I are a little bit like that chicken. No, I'm not calling you yellow, or anything like that. That's not where I'm going with this.

What I'm saying is that, many times, when we're learning something, especially a step-by-step process, we can get a little caught up on learning it and trying to learn that something to perfection.

Instead of actually stepping out into the street and crossing the road, and actually making progress, we're sitting back and kind of studying, and studying, and studying. We're studying that traffic. We're actually not getting anywhere.

Stepping out into Uncertainty- At Some Point You Have to Cross the Road

In programming electronics, there is a lot to learn. Anytime you start to learn one thing, another thing is going to pop up. It's like this endless amount of rabbit holes.

In order for us to actually make progress to our goal, we have to be willing to accept a certain level of uncertainty. We have to be willing to say, okay, you know what, maybe I don't get all of this. But, I am going to take a step forward, and I am to keep moving forward.

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That is really what I want you to try to think about as you learn all this new information. Some of it might (will) feel a little fuzzy as you move forward, and that is okay!

As we go through the course, I'll give you some really good rules of thumb for when I think it's okay for you to take a step forward and say, “You know what? I think that I know this enough.”

Alright, let's go ahead and get cracking!