Episode 7: (Data Bites) Famous Autodidacts

What connects the many great people in history?

Most were autodidacts!

What does this mean? It means that for you to be successful, much of what you have to do is have a consistent habit of learning.

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Show Notes:

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Now on to the show.

Welcome to data couture.

I’m your host Jordan and on this data bites, we’re going to follow up on the episode about being an autodidact. specifically we’re going to talk about quite a few people who are autodidacts. So I’m going to list quite a few and then we’re going to talk about what all these people have in common. So let me begin. How about Henry Miller? Truman Capote II, jack London? How about Daniel Dennett or Mark Twain or Herman Miller? Or Ernest Hemingway or Ray Bradbury or Billy Corgan? From? That one band? Jesus can’t even remember it. It’s ridiculous. Or people like Greg Ferguson or PIN Gillette’s or Keith Moon or David Bowie or Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix. Or Dave Grohl or Henry Russo or Bruce Springsteen. Or how about Frank Lloyd Wright? Or jack fresco?

Or john proven or likeable ca? If you didn’t know I’m absolutely obsessed with mid century design. So that one particularly is astounding to me. Or how about Leonard or Leonardo da Vinci or Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla? Or perhaps the Wright brothers or Henry Ford, or Melanie Klein, or Galileo for that matter? Or George Boole? Who is one of my personal heroes because he’s a mathematician, philosopher, mathematical magician, or someone who does athletic illogic.

Or Andre and peer, or Ben Franklin.

Are you getting my point? One more, Steve Irwin. That’s my favorite one. Yeah, that’s definitely my favorite one has an autodidact. Steve Irwin, is clearly my favorite. Nevertheless, you get my point. My point is, all these people are described as autodidacts. And what does that mean? It just means that they’re self taught folks. Of course, many of them went to school, many of them are very well educated. However, at the end of the day, what makes them famous for being an autodidact is because they just kept at it, they kept they had that grit, they had that consistency, they had that emotional push to want to continue to learn day in and day out about their chosen field. And what happened? Well, we all know them, they’re, they’re all household names.

They’re all so ingrained in our cultural heritage, that we can’t help but admire them, even if some of them maybe weren’t the best people at certain times in their lives. But nevertheless, we we admire them for this quality of perceived knowledge or skills, or whatever it is. And the only thing they have in common is that they are self taught. We can do that. It’s not that much of a challenging feat for the rest of us to do we can all go out there and learn about those things about which we are very passionate. If we just keep at it. Who knows, maybe you’re going to be the next Steve Irwin. I don’t know. I’m certainly not because crocodiles terrify me, sort of most animals, fish, lizards.

I’m not a herpetologist. Most of these animals that live in the water, I just can’t do it. Nevertheless, maybe you are the next Steve Irwin. Or maybe you’re the next great data scientist who’s going to create that piece of artificial intelligence that changes our lives for the better. The point is keep learning. Keep moving, and keep improving yourself. And that’s all I got for you guys today.

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