I’m Embarking on a Personal Development Journey

You can tell, I’m excited. Are you coming?

Arunn Thevapalan
Mar 3 · 3 min read
Photo by Kawin Harasai on Unsplash

I made a mistake. I’m going to fix it.

You probably already know me as a senior data scientist and a mentor. I have been sharing learning and experiences from my data science journey. The mistake? I started sharing only when I was 3 years into it.

You don’t see the mistakes I made. You never saw the hours I put in. You see a finished product: a senior data scientist. Wouldn’t it have been better if you saw it from the beginning?

But, in my defense, I was scared. What if people don’t find my learnings worth it? What if they figure out I’m a beginner? Who am I to write about this algorithm? I can’t write about it as if I created it. I’d ask so many questions and give in to my fears.

Eventually, I started sharing. I hit publish but told nobody about it. Somehow it was featured on newsletters, and people noticed. I improved significantly, and my readers benefitted too. Based on my experience, now I encourage every beginner learning data science to share whatever little they know.

Practice What You Preach: In Action

I’m heading on a personal development journey, and I want to share the journey with you from the beginning. I am striving to become a better version of myself. Sounds crazy? And cliche?

Sorry, but I have already seen tangible benefits good enough to convince me one really can become a better version of themselves. I know I’m a beginner, and I’ll make mistakes.

As Nelson Mandela famously stated:

“I never lose. I either I win or learn.”

I still have a lot of fears, but let’s face them. The benefits, as I see, are twofold:

  1. It serves as a document for me to later look back on how far I’ve come.
  2. It can inspire you to become a better version of yourself because I was inspired when others did.

If it’s not clear, the data science journey remains my priority. Personal development isn’t a one-off action; it’s a lifestyle change and is necessarily a process. I think these will go hand in hand for anyone.

Here’s what I told myself:

  • Every month, pick one aspect to improve upon.
  • Treat books as the primary source of truth. Rely on well-researched techniques, concepts from books. Read more to improve understanding of the aspect.
  • Put them to practice. More importantly, give it time.
  • Share your experience, learnings, and insights.
  • Take it slow. Reflect upon previous months’ improvements.

Curious

Find out what others have already figured out. Follow to join our community.

Arunn Thevapalan

Written by

Senior Data Scientist, Mentor & Writer. I share experiences from my data science and personal development journey — friends.arunnthevapalan.com

Curious

A community of people who are curious to find out what others have already figured out // Curious is a new personal growth publication by The Startup (https://medium.com/swlh).

Arunn Thevapalan

Written by

Senior Data Scientist, Mentor & Writer. I share experiences from my data science and personal development journey — friends.arunnthevapalan.com

Curious

A community of people who are curious to find out what others have already figured out // Curious is a new personal growth publication by The Startup (https://medium.com/swlh).

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store