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This is another lesson that I learned building machine learning systems. For the other lessons that I learned click here.

Imagine that you’re like a little machine with some inputs and outputs.

And your job as a machine is to generate the correct output.

It sounds obvious, but if you do not get the right inputs, it’s impossible to get the right outputs.

Therefore, it’s your job as a machine to figure out what inputs you need to make these correct outputs.

What do you need to go from this:

To this:

What inputs does the machine need to create the right outputs?

And there’s NO shame in getting these inputs! For example this could be: asking for more direction, or asking for technical help on a coding problem, or asking for some time to ask some validating questions.

Do whatever you need to get the right inputs to create the right outputs.