Archive for July, 2016

Deep and Wide

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Like many of you, I grew up attending Sunday school. One of my memories of that experience involves a song that was a favorite among us kids: “Deep and Wide.” It consists of only a few words, sung over and over: Deep and wide, deep and wide, There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide. What […]

Elusive Expertise

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Expertise isn’t what it used to be. Beginning with the industrial revolution and continuing into our modern information age, new technologies have altered our view of expertise and influenced the degree to which we pursue it. Technologies, properly understood, are tools that we humans create to augment our abilities. Good technologies are created and used […]

Drowning in the Shallows

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Expertise is developed through “deep work.” This term was coined by Cal Newport to describe the highly-focused periods of concentration that are required, not just to develop expertise, but to do good work in almost any field of endeavor. He defines deep work as: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration to push […]