My current book is called “Deep Work”, written by Cal Newport. It’s a book which differentiates work into two kinds – deep work and shallow work. The former is where you give your complete attention to concentrating on the work that creates new value, whereas the latter is just the opposite.
I like to think of myself as someone who values deep work, and I wonder if there’s anyone around who does not. I am still half-way through the book, so I am not going to talk about it anymore.
However, I do know a little about depth, so I will try to shed some light on it.
Depth to me is the way everything should be perceived as. Be it meaning, perspectives or attention.
I think we all have very short lives, although sufficient. And, I truly believe in giving it my everything. I won’t say I have succeeded so far, but I know I have tried all my life to give it my everything. Be it this blog, my study of computer science and even my rapping skills. And, I am aware that I failed at succeeding in all these parts of my life somewhere, because I can’t rap for shit.
However, whether or not you succeed at something – your participation on the way to that end game is what really matters. We all know this famous way of looking at failure. It is truly awesome how the message sent across so many platforms – be it videos, music or any storytelling platform – the message is universal. Failure is not bad. It’s in fact one of the best ways to learn that I know of.
And, how do I learn? By going deep at what I do.
If I am learning how to play a piano (which I am) I try to think of myself as someone who understands music. I might truly not, but I know what it means to enjoy it to the extent of it. I must say, otherwise, I won’t be able to learn anything at all.
If there is no real depth or value to the things I do, it’s clear that they don’t matter at all. If I want to learn coding, I must have more than a mindset full of knowledge hunger. I need to find some kind of depth in the value of learning how to code.
And, this is my two cents on depth. I do like the benefits of being shallow now and then.
Yet, I thrive for depth all the time.