A lot of people believe that if one can explain a complex subject in its technical language then he has a better understanding of it. However, that’s not the case at Apple.
John Gruber writes that at Apple, engineers are expected to be able to explain a complex technology or product in simple, easily-understood terms not because the executive needs it explained simply to understand it, but as proof that the engineer understands it completely. Those engineers who fail to do so are considered incompetent in the area.
Being able to come up with a downsized version of complicated subject means that you have gained the mastery of it.
Richard Feynman, a Scientist who won a Nobel Prize for explaining Quantum Mechanics better than any man before is said to have pasted a note on his blackboard “what I cannot create, I do not understand”. And he was right, all successful inventions derive from an in depth understanding of the problem and the mechanism required to address it. When one deepens his understanding in a particular, he increases his chances of coming up with better solutions addressing problems that may arise in that area. And thats where success lies. In the words of Bright Chidzumeni, an innovation is not an innovation unless it addresses a human problem.
Understanding is the key to success in all of our life’s endeavors. In whatever, you set your hands to do pursue to gain the mastery of the subject.
King Solomon, the Wisest and Richest Man in the Old Testament wrote that “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding”, (Proverbs 4:7-KJV).