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Comment: "There is more to it than just the choice of whether to ship. There is also whether you even get something ship-worthy made."

A very good comment on, "What Separates a Generalist and a Dabbler?" by Patri Friedman -

I think looking at accomplishment is a good angle, but there is more to it than just the choice of whether to ship. There is also whether you even get something ship-worthy made. Some people are able to create useful or complete things in new fields quickly, for a variety of reasons. Most people are not.

Good strategy here is very important – identifying low hanging fruit, picking projects big enough to be useful but small enough to complete, which use your relative strengths in the field. Identifying the summary that needs writing, the experiment that needs doing, the other field that hasn’t heard about this one but would benefit from it. Someone good at this will contribute more with the same amount of learning.

That whole comment is brilliant. Re-read it if you're skimming.

Identify low-hanging fruit, work on those, and that will aid in making something ship-worthy. Very good stuff.

One Page Book Reviews 2.0

On Chasing a New Dream

I enjoy reading and I end up reading a lot of non-fiction books that have information that is worth remembering. Fairly recently I started trying to create one page summaries of these books to help me remember them and to give me something to review at a later date (that way I won’t have to flip through the entire book to refresh my memory).

However I found that the format I was using took way too much time, and I wasn’t actually making many one page summaries. I was trying to fit too much on one page and spending too much time on formatting. So I decided to try a format that would fit in a blog and would be quicker and easier to create. You can see an example of the new format with this review of Johnny Bunko by Daniel Pink.

The 2.0 Format:

At the top of the page I have four categories rating, the facts, twitter summary, and important notes. These categories are designed to give me or someone else a good high level feel for the book. I use the categories as follows.

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