Piling up chairs

You can’t get to the moon by piling up chairs. Or by climbing a succession of higher trees.

You won’t achieve your goal by just doing the same things you e always done just by working faster, or more efficiently. Those things might be good, but they aren’t the way to achieve big things.

Big things require different methods, different thinking, and investments in time and energy. They require a radical novelty, changing your thinking.

Edsger Dijkstra: “When King Ferdinand visited the conservative university of Cervera, the Rector proudly reassured the monarch with the words; “Far be from us, Sire, the dangerous novelty of thinking.” Spain’s problems in the century that followed justify my characterization of the shortcoming as “serious”. So much for education’s adoption of the paradigm of gradual change.”

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