Rails, Jobs, and Shoelaces: Mix It Up

Photo by Zack.

Do you know how to tie your shoes?  Of course.  You probably learned this life skill at 5 or 6 years old (before you could even turn on a computer?).  But have you ever thought there might be a different or better way to tie your shoes?  As it turns out, there are 18 different ways to tie shoelaces.  And you probably don’t know the fastest way to complete this daily task.  It’s called the Ian Knot.  Check it out here

imageI know what you’re thinking— how in the world does this relate to Ruby on Rails jobs?  Well, in writing code and in searching for a job, many times we just do what we’re familiar with.  We configure a database a certain way because it’s easiest or it’s what we’re used to.  We apply for a job the same old boring way because it’s the only way to apply for a job, right?  And yes, we tie our shoes the same way because it’s the method we managed to master when we were 5. 

Many times the same old boring way works.  But oftentimes a better solution exists.  We’re just too lazy, blind, or content to actively seek it out.  If we train ourselves to search for the best solution rather than an old standard that just works, we might find ourselves with a great new insight into our code or a new job that we previously thought was out of reach.  Doing things differently, or even trying a new approach, can change our perspective and make us more innovative, efficient, and effective. 

Gaining a few extra milliseconds a day with a better shoelace-tying technique might not rock your world.  But what other better solutions (in your code, your job search, etc.) are you overlooking in lieu of a quick and easy fix?