This is the blog of Curtis Bright, a mathematician and computer scientist from the University of Waterloo. [Update 2021: I have joined the University of Windsor as an assistant professor.] More generally, I am especially fascinated by the process of learning, to the point where I engage in new activities solely so I can examine myself improving. In that vein, I would like to posit the following conjecture:
You become great at something if and only if you spend a lot of time doing it.
[Update 2019: I have since read a number of books on becoming an exceptional achiever since I made this conjecture in 2013. It seems the “if” direction does not hold in general, but may hold if the time is spent practicing deliberately.] I call this a self-improvement blog because it’s primarily a way for me to practice, and hence improve, my writing skill.
According to Myers-Briggs my personality type is INTP, the “thinker” archetype. In practice this means I have strong analytical skills but can’t get my head out of the clouds. Recently I have been putting effort into grounding myself, which is the other main reason for this blog.