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It is perseverance and knowledge that distinguishes amateurs and professionals. In fact, when the amateur sees the professional he may think that he is too far behind. It is just that these two persons might not necessarily have the same perspective. This is where the levels of excellence come in as described in:
Artem Kaznatcheev claims that learning mathematics is gained in three different levels where knowledge and beliefs change from one level to the other. The third level is the most knowledgeable. In my opinion, this concept can be applied to any other area, even computing. For example, the beginner programmer does not have the same ideas as an experienced developer. Even in the terms used; programmer and developer, show that there is a difference in their goals. The developer is concerned more with developing a system and everything else that a system requires to be implemented, rather than just coding the system.
In the post mentioned above it is argued that a good way to learn more about a certain subject is by discussing it with others and playing the student and teacher between each other, since this engages both parties.
Another point I would like to note is the definition of excellence. To achieve excellence in a certain area is surely no easy task but neither impossible. It depends on the amount of quality time that is put into a task, by trying repetitively to achieve one task after the other and not just by dreaming about what we want. Dreaming is useless if there is no plan how to achieve it and a structured plan. In my opinion never giving up and doing the best you can are key to excellence.
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