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People Who Often Change Their Minds Are Often Right

I just came across this blog post on the Signal v. Noise blog that shares an amazing insight by Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com:

He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.

He’s observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a well formed point of view, but it means you should consider your point of view as temporary.

What trait signified someone who was wrong a lot of the time? Someone obsessed with details that only support one point of view. If someone can’t climb out of the details, and see the bigger picture from multiple angles, they’re often wrong most of the time.

Wow, that is good.

The World Heralds Yesterday’s Heroes But Scoffs At Tomorrow’s

Mountain

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the sheer height of the mountain you are trying to scale?

If you do, then that’s a great indication that you are doing something worthwhile. Who wants to expend their life wandering around in the foothills? Continue Reading…

2015: Faith in Action

The year 2015 is going to be a year of faith for me. Over the past year, I’ve learned a lot about God’s will for me, and now it is time for me to dig in and diligently apply my faith to what I have learned. I’m writing this post like a charter of faith for me. If you are blessed too, then all the better. Continue Reading…

Software Engineers Should Write

(This was originally posted by Shubhro Saha at www.shubhro.com.)

In elementary school, there were “math kids” and there were “English kids”. You were classified by the other kids’ impression of your prowess in each subject.

I was a math kid. So I majored in computer science and set off to be a software engineer. Along the way, though, the “math kid”/”English kid” designation never really wore off. If anything, it got stronger. The engineers I meet today cringe at the thought of writing an essay. And the writers I meet cringe at the thought of writing code.

What a shame! An engineer who writes code should also write essays. Continue Reading…

Brandon Scott Bayer’s New Digital Homestead

This is the official launch of the first personal website for Brandon Scott Bayer: http://bayer.ws!

(in case you’re wondering, ‘ws’ = ‘website’)

Effective today, this site is my new digital homestead and the official go-to place to see what I’m up to midst the vastness of the World Wide Web. If you would like to learn more about who I am and where I came from, take a couple of minutes and get to know me.

I will be writing and posting articles and snippets about my journey as a software craftsman and as a follower of Jesus Christ. You are free to stop by for just a peek or to devour everything I write, at your own risk :] .

I’m certainly not a master of software or theology, but I know that sharing what I learn is one of the best ways to retain it and to hone my writing skills. Hopefully you can benefit from this just as I have from others.

On a more technical note, this is currently a WordPress site. However, as I progress as a web craftsman, I will be handcrafting an entirely new website from scratch. I am sure looking forward to that!

I bless you in Jesus’ name. May you have an excellent rest of the week!

For the betterment of the internet and mankind and for the glory of God,

Brandon Scott Bayer

Living a Meaningful and Purposeful Life

You can find a great level of meaning and purpose in many different things: work, family, love, hobbies, volunteering, etc. However, you will never find true fulfillment in any of these. You may not appreciate what I am going to say, but please hear me out. What if Continue Reading…