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Feedback Loops

This is somewhat related to

, but far less systemic & more real world.

I'm not sure where I first saw the concept of the feedback loops. My first recollection is around the understanding of a positive loop in habits. One positive habits influences the creation of more positive habits. (From The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.)

In influence, if I tell Jane that she's excellent at making lattes, I am starting a feedback loop. Jane may be drawn to make more lattes since she's good at it, and will become better at making lattes since she is doing it more. (A psychologist I heard calls this the Confidence/Competence loop.)

In learning, fast feedback loops > slow feedback loops. As you’re faltering through a new skill, nothing is a faster teacher than a quick painful reminder to put you back on track.

The easiest way to see this is with something like a newborn animal learning to walk -