Do a quick Google of “The Feynman Technique” and you’ll come upon a plethora of results explaining how Dr. Richard Feynman became such a celebrated physicist and professor (aside from having a charismatic personality that still captures people’s imaginations).
In a nutshell, the Feynman technique (or method, rather; a technique generally uses a tool!) is what the character Niels Bohr, in Michael Freyn’s play Copenhagen, repeatedly exhorts Werner Heisenberg to do: explain things in such a way that Margrethe, Bohr’s wife, would understand. If you hang out with physicists, you’re going to understand a thing or two, but unless you’re a physicist yourself, you won’t understand everything – and it doesn’t help when you’re talked down to (or not at all).
- Choose anything you want to know. Write it on paper.
- Teach it to a child, from start to finish.
- Circle the gaps of things you can’t explain, don’t know, or questions that arise. Go to the source material and find an explanation. Create a new page for them.
- Review the subject and simplify it.
It makes so much sense that within two weeks of finding out about it, I published my first Feynman project. It’s on a topic I knew well from a past life; having done an Amazon search for available books on the topic, I thought it worthy to share my thoughts and experience.
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Now that I’ve gotten this topic off my chest, in a few days to a few weeks (no promise exactly when, but I always do what I say I’m going to do) I’m going to revisit it and start making it funny. If you can’t look at your history as comedy, you’re doing something wrong! People’s “stories” aren’t that interesting until they actually become a story. I’m looking forward to my own next draft.
In 2006, after working in tech for a number of years, I finally got to the point where I really wanted a career change. I was working full time, on my way to graduating with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts when I made my first visit to Denmark, ever. I came back to ask for reduced time and was laid off, so I thought mixing my enthusiasm for Scandinavian cinema with my interest in project management and finance could be used for helping more Scandinavian-Canadian co-productions get made.
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In designing and writing these products, I had to consider that even though the problems I’m addressing are common – seeking yourself, seeking your opportunity, seeking a bigger mission, and opening oneself up to voluntary action – I’m not just designing a solution just because I went through them. I’m writing it for very specific types of people, some of them not like me, and some at specific change points in their lives. And so I need a customer avatar for these people.
I thought about what kind of person needs my perspective, and who instead needs more practical tools. I also thought about who might not be well-served by the literature and support that’s already out there. I also thought about how I wanted people to feel when they read my tools, and (I’m not quite ready to go here yet) how I compare to some of the most dominant self-development players out there.
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