Developing a basic understanding (and a sense of intuition) around how complex systems work may be the most important things I’ve learned in the last five years.
I needed that bottom row of math textbooks. They were my anchor. The bedrock. The foundation for much of what I’ve learned, and a sturdy base for everything still to come.
…and data has been useful, but what has proved invaluable are the qualities that math imbued in me — patience, attention to detail, humility and persistence. That was the true reward.