Badass Show is a raw-and-real talk show with no holds barred. Victoria interviews badass digital entrepreneurs on their life, career, wins, fuckups, fears, and struggles along the way. Honest and bold conversations show people as they are and are aimed to inspire the digital community.
The guest of this Badass Show episode is Brian Dolan, CEO of Verdant AI – an Enterprise Grade Artificial Intelligence Startup Studio, mathematical entrepreneur, and AI guru. Dive in the honest and bold conversation on building AI companies, humanism, tech, personal development, wins, and fuckups with Brian.
Bit of it
- What do you suck at and how do you improve?
I’ve sucked at a lot of things. I think that one of the things… If this is suppose to be a point where I can give somebody a good advice or maybe just advice, that I would say that the thing that I’ve sucked for a long time was managing, and managing technical people. Having been a technical person you often think that you know your direct reports’ job, and therefore you should do it and correct them. And I’m here to tell you, “Don’t do that!”
Trying to understand other people need to make mistakes, and go on a path having a question in your mind, and having frustration, and getting through that frustration, and then understanding it, – I was very bad at that, and being patient with people as they learn. I don’t think I got angry (maybe I did, you have to ask people I work with), but I don’t feel like I got angry, but I was like, “Oh, you are not getting that, let me show you,” and then feeling like I’m being helpful. It was without realizing that you only learn things when you have a question in your mind the answer on which you want to know. And if you don’t ever develop that question, I just show you how to do it, you will never have a question like, “How do I make a computer beep?” If you never ask yourself that and you are not getting frustrated by not getting the answer, when I teach you, it won’t resonate with you at all. It won’t inhabit a context of the rest of the learning you have. It’ll be like sort of outliner… Ok, can I just tell one technical fact?
Mathematical definition of information is the resolution of uncertainty, it reduces to that. SO if you don’t have uncertainty – you haven’t gained information. So if you are not wondering and you haven’t struggled with it, you are never going to gain information.
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