Nate Silver on education

I mean my path has been kind of sui generis in some ways, right? Probably an online course could work, but I think actually when people are self-taught with occasional guidance, with occasional pushes here and there, that could work well.

An ideal situation is when you’re studying on your own and maybe you have some type of mentor who you talk to now and then. You should be alert that you’re going to make some dumb mistakes at first. And some will take a one-time correction. Others will take a lifetime to learn. But yes, people who are motivated on their own, I think, are always going to do better than people who are fed a diet of things.

vía Nate Silver on Finding a Mentor, Teaching Yourself Statistics, and Not Settling in Your Career – Walter Frick – Harvard Business Review.


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