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I did another simple project, this time I didn't follow the diagram perfectly. I thought I knew enough about the underlying connections of the breadboard that I could just wing it. Turns out I was wrong. But I eventually figured out what I'd gotten wrong and fixed it. That makes me incredibly happy.

Something I've been thinking about lately: I feel smarter when I make mistakes and fix them myself than when I just get things right the first time. It would be frustrating if everything was a mistake, but that rush that comes from figuring out what the problem is? Delicious~

It's irrational, I know, but when I already know how to do something correctly it... just feels easy. Obvious. Everyone knows it duh. Start from a blank slate, anyone can get it working perfectly if they just follow the directions exactly. But once there's a mistake on the table, ahh first there's identifying the mistake. Second there's fixing it. Chances are, no one's breaking it in exactly the same way. Recovering from that mistake: that feels like something of my own, whereas the original instructions might not.

ETA: Just remembered something: This all assumes that I have some sort of space where it's fine to make mistakes, though! Either somewhere private, or somewhere nonjudgemental to newbies making mistakes ;) Which is why I'm doing this in my room, not trying to find out if there are electronics related hobby groups in the area.

Date: 2013-11-02 07:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic

Puzzle-solving is lovely fun. There's this hit of pure "this is my brain YAY" pleasure. It's why that freaking program at work doesn't frustrate me to the ends of the universe, because when I do figure out how to isolate the problem, I'm on top of the world.

Date: 2013-11-11 05:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] peoppenheimer
Yes! Making a mistake and fixing it is so much better than when it's too easy.