There is this game that people play to remain sober about the fluid economy. They answer the question of how long it would take them to train their replacement. Imagine you are given a person who is a blank slate in whatever it is you do. How long do you need to get them to do what you do at work every day? But you can’t cheat. Imagine you put everything you’ve got into training them. The candidate is an 18-year-old high-school graduate who arrived from his native Tajikistan yesterday.
For what I do now, realistically it would take 20 years. You simply can’t do all the reading and the processing of the reading in less.
N is overqualified for his current job, so he says 6.
If the war we are currently waging on research, literature, and anything beyond language courses is successful, then if the candidate speaks Spanish, it would take me two months. If he does not, then 2 years.
I don’t know what else to say to persuade people that we are nuts for doing this (of our own free will, no less.)