Hi there, I’m David! Nice to meet you
I’m a Computer Science student at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, specializing in Machine Learning and Computer Vision.
My native language is German, so the occasional post on this site will be written in German language. I try to eventually translate them into English to reach more people, but this takes time and energy that I cannot always devote to this site. Should you encounter a post written in German, I encourage you to use Google Translate or similar services for the time being.
I like to read a lot. My Kindle is essential. I read mostly biographies and non-fictional, business-related books, covering topics like Personal Growth, Psychology, Neuroscience etc. Here are some of my favorite books I’ve read so far. During my daily commute I listen either to their Audible counterparts or to podcasts like The Tim Ferriss Show.
As a New Year’s resolution for 2017, I’ve set myself the goal to learn a new foreign language. Thus I’m currently learning Swedish with Duolingo. I chose Swedish because there’s something about the Nordic languages that fascinates me. In high school I was forced to learn French, which I hated, so this time I wanted to learn a language out of sheer fun to make it a daily habit. With my native language being German, Swedish will be my fourth language. You can follow my progress on Duolingo.
Another huge hobby of mine is Digital Photography and Image Processing.
I also like doing Yoga. It’s a good balance for sitting in front of a computer 12–15 hours a day and helps with correcting my posture. You know what they say, sitting is the new smoking. Furthermore, in 2018 I will compete in my first Tough Mudder, a 10-mile obstacle race through mud and ice-cold water. Setting myself a goal like this really has been a great motivation to get in the best shape of my life.
I’m also dabbling in playing the guitar. I don’t get to practise very often so I know just a handful of songs. During daytime I’m often busy with doing this crazy amount of homework for university and working as student employee. When I’m done with all the homework for the day, it is often too late to play the guitar without enraging my neighbors
In the rare free time that is left I watch Game of Thrones. I absolutely love Game of Thrones. Not only is it a fantastic show, but it also contains many hidden psychological gems and may teach you one or two life lessons. I encourage you to convince yourself and watch a few of the videos analyzing the behavioral traits of some of the show’s most charismatic characters, e.g. this video, this one or this here.
On What I’m Focussing Now
These things are what I spend virtually all of my leisure time on:
- Learning Computer Science stuff, mostly through MOOCs on Udacity and Coursera and by taking notes in Evernote.
- Learning Swedish
- Playing Guitar
- Physical Fitness (i.e. Yoga, Gym, and Running)
I deliberately only listed five items. If you’re like me—and “suffering” from being interested in too many topics—this method helps you prioritize a lot.
There’s a popular story in which the legendary investor Warren Buffett was supposedly once asked by one of his employees how he could prioritize his interests more effectively. Buffett asked his employee to make a list with the 25 things that interested him the most. He then asked his employee to underline his favorite five out of these 25 interests. The employee thought that he had understood the point Buffett was trying to make and replied “So… I guess I’m going to practice the highlighted five interests every day, and the other twenty whenever I find time for them?”. The employee was completely surprised when Buffett answered, “No. You don’t spend any time at all on those twenty interests. Avoid them at all costs.”
As interesting as your many hobbies may be, they will only pull your focus away from what really matters to you. Only after you have mastered one of your five interests, it is time to focus on the next big thing and give it all of your attention.
If you’re interested in talking with me, feel free to contact me on Twitter.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
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