The White Belt

For this week’s blog post, I decided to write about The White Belt.  This section is in Chapter 2 which is called Emptying The Cup, and if I remember the introduction for Chapter 2 correctly, this chapter 100% belongs in this section. Like all sections in this book, it is split up into 5 sections, context, problem, solution, action, and see also. The context is a short sentence that basically explains the reader is now confident in his abilities in a certain language, and people rely on them for help. I was actually shocked to read this because typically the white belt symbolizes the beginning, and this book’s description of a white belt is knowing a language and helping people. That’s shocking to me because that just means I have no belt because I feel like I’m in no position to be helping people with the skills I have now.

The next section is the problem. This section was also very short, but it should be because it is only discussing the issue. The issue for this section is that it is difficult to learn new things, and that your “personal development may have stalled” (Oshineye, Hoover). While this isn’t an issue for me yet because I am still learning my first language, this could very much be an issue in the future for me as I also struggle with learning new things.

The solution section urges the reader to start to learn new things by unlearning the things he already knows. They use real life examples as well as some code examples to get their point across. I particularly enjoyed the code section because I liked how they showed the same process being done with two “radically different” (Oshineye, Hoover). languages. They did this to show that because you have a solution in one language, you should still learn a new language to broaden your horizons.

This section was a really easy read for me. The part where they talked about how the white belt had to learn the way while the black belt knows the way really hit me because that was how my internship was. I had to watch and learn everyday before I could even do anything, and it was actually nice to learn along the way because I realized there was so much more that I had to learn before starting my real job.

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