On Feedback Loops
My theory is: The speed of learning is directly proportional to the speed at which we get feedback.
If I am trying to lose weight, I need to weigh myself every day. The feedback is my increase or decrease in the weight. This impacts my eating habits or the choice of food, the next day. If I am going to weigh myself, once in a week, I don't know if my increase/decrease is due to what kind of food/habit.
If I am in a new role or assignment, I need to have regular sync-up with my boss or stakeholders to know how things are progressing forward. If I wait for the feedback at the end of a year or a quarter, it will be too late to react and change the activities.
If I am trying to improve my writing skills, I need to write and publish frequently. The feedback loop is the comments/applause that I get in my blog or social media. (Feedback and comments for my 200WaD posts are really low. But I know I have a huge scope of improvement in writing 😛).
I find the feedback loops being instantaneous in video games (or any sports/games). You know whether you won or not. Simple. The next try is another chance to improve and move forward.
In areas, which are not simple like video games, I wish I can have mentors or coaches. A coach can monitor and easily identify the basic mistakes that one is doing and give feedback. A good coach can 10x my performance and is much better than reading books or doing courses/MOOCs.
What are your thoughts on this?