Explain it to a Six year old
I passed by this quote a few weeks ago.
If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. – Albert Einstein
This quote really got me thinking and I realized how little I really know. I am a big believer in always growing and learning, so I plan on using this idea in the future.
Before I am done researching and/or learning a topic I will try to ask myself “Can I explain this to a six year old?”. If I don’t believe I can then I will continue with my research. However, this brings up some very intereting points.
- What if I can never understand a subject to that extent?
- Over time one losing or forgets things, so I would always have to be relearning old concepts.
I believe the solution to these issues is priorities. Currently I am helping to develop a RubyOnRails application, therefore, my priority is to learn as much as possible on the language and framework and hopefully to the extent that I can explain it to a six year old.
My problem right now is that I have little to no interaction with six year olds. This means that I don’t really now what it takes to explain something to a six year old. However, I don’t believe that was the exact point of the quote.
“If you can’t put something simply, then you simply don’t understand it.” – Berek Bryan
I like Einstein’s better.