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The Expert Game Equation (Jonathan Bach, COMPUTER Vol. 32, No. 8: AUGUST 1999, pp. 99-101)

    If...
             you are able to get important things done
             you are seen learning things on your own
             you are seen trying to do things even if you aren't sure how
             you share freely the things that you know
             you don't hide your ignorance, but also don't rest on it
             you honor what other people know
             you know more often than not how to find out what you don't know
             you know how to ask for help
             you offer to help people on their own terms

    Then...
             no one will care whether you succeed by learning or succeed by already knowing
             no one will care if you mess up occasionally because they assume you learn from it
             no one will mind if you forget (or don't know) any given fact or method at any given time
             you will be treated as if you're smart and useful, even though everyone knows you have a lot to learn

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