Soft skills (or what Shereef, aka “Fearless Leader” refers to as “meta-skills”) refer to everything about you and your way of being in the world that influences how well you work with others.
If you couldn’t tell the difference between the last two sentences and two Xanax washed down with a shot of bourbon, that’s only because you weren’t at DBC headquarters doing the hard inner work involved in developing soft skills.
If you had been there, just hearing the term “soft skills” would illicit an emotional response akin to french kissing a rattlesnake.
A little off-topic, but worth mentioning…
As Instructor Steve was describing the difficulty many geeks have communicating to non-geeks, I experienced a sudden wave of deja vu: the phrase “Object Oriented Programming” was uttered, and in an instant, I was transformed back inside the lucid dream I had prior to even being accepted to Dev Bootcamp. In the dream, I was sitting in the same stool-height chair, noting internally that the brick walls were of a similar texture as the brick walls in my apartment in LA, and feeling grateful for being accepted into such a life altering program. The day after I had this dream, my friend Kelly in LA asked me if I thought I would be admitted to the program. I said “yeah, I think so,” and proceeded to tell him about the dream which could have only been taking place inside the DBC offices (which I’d seen a picture of on the web).
Anyway–soft skills / meta-skills / how to freakout geeks and complete people… Here’s the thing: I can’t talk about the best parts. It’s private. You had to be there.
So instead, assuming I had more gas in the tank (which I don’t), I’d like to talk about this weird method for deriving recursive functions from a set of repeating data points that will solve and/or generate the full series you’d like to generate, i.e. the Fibonacci series, or the algorithm for calculating a factorial.
Next time, maybe.
In the words of the great Eddie Vedder: “Jeremy’s Spoken,” and he says night-night, sleep tight; don’t let the Socrates bugs bite!