Not sure which type of scanner I am

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Not sure which type of scanner I am

Postby sthiago » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:15 pm

Hi there, I read the Refuse to Choose book a few months ago and was really relieved to know that there were those that understood me and were like me.

I read the whole thing but couldn't figure out which type of scanner I am. I am good at learning most things (like a jack of all trades but master of none) but really wished I was a master at several things of those that I do. I didn't think, tho, that I fitted at the serial specialist/master category, because the text seemed to say that these types really focused on one thing UNTIL they master them, and only then they move on to the next thing. It also suggested that these types already had stories of success to share, stories of a reached mastery and moving to the next thing, which other people generally found odd.

The problem is, I really wish I mastered some skills but every time I set myself to do something: like "ok, I'll do this for 25 minutes everyday" I generally only last at most 2 weeks and then I get kinda bored or feel like I'm being robotic because I'm following such a strict schedule. Sometimes I even feel like "this is too hard for me, I don't have the fundamentals yet" and then I usually don't do it for a a few days or weeks. Sometimes, I don't do it for up to three months, maybe more. Never really tracked it to know exactly.

But it's not like most parts of the books says: "you lost interest in it for a reason, move on to the next thing". After this period of a few weeks/months not doing it, I again get the urge to learn the same skill/subject and it becomes a rather sad cycle because I have to relearn or practice again from the start (or close to the start). Like the book says, my interests are limited to about 20 things, not infinite as many think they have. I'm always coming back to the same wishes, but constantly get depressed that I don't make much progress.

I recently tried the school-like schedule, but again, after around two weeks, I got unmotivated to continue with it. So, what should I do to advance in my projects (which are MANY, like you all must also be)? Which tools should I try that would fit to my scanner type?

Oh, yeah, a bit about me. I'm 26, from Brazil and recently graduated in Computer Science, now I'm just unemployed still thinking about what to do with my life. Anyway, thanks in advance!
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Re: Not sure which type of scanner I am

Postby Elaine Glimme » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:06 pm

Hi, Sthiago, welcome

You said you graduated with a degree in computer science, so that's one skill that you mastered.

Here are my ideas. Please remember that I don't know you, so take any ideas that work for you, and ignore any ideas that don't.

It's hard, but not impossible to stick to something until you master it, when you're trying to learn it by yourself. That's especially true if you're a scanner.

You might have more success if you had someone to share your experience with.

If I were you and I wanted to learn something, I would look for a way to have a friend to talk about it with. The easiest way to learn something is to take a class. You have a teacher to accountable to, and you have friends to talk with about the subject.

Also, you can decide to learn something with a friend, and compare how you're doing.

If you want to post something here, we'll cheer you on and talk about it with you. But I think talking to someone in person is better than talking to them on the Internet.

What kinds of things do you want to learn? Is there something that you feel really passionate about?


Good wishes.


I just thought of one more thing. You didn't say what it means to master something. My friend wanted to learn to play jazz. She really loves jazz. Twenty years later, she would say that she's still learning. Most of the great, famous people would say that they still haven't mastered their art. There's always something more to learn. So I suggest that you set a small goal for yourself. For example, instead of "mastering the piano" set a goal of learning one song without mistakes. Or taking one class, or writing one story, or building one bird house. That way you can know that you mastered something and move on.

And don't be upset if your first try at something isn't perfect.
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