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Aug 11, 2019 04:56:52

Default to Writing

by @basilesamel PATRON | 219 words | 330🔥 | 372💌

Basile Samel

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I read a singular sentence in Jason Fried's Rework: "Everything is Marketing". Every element of a business is an opportunity to stand up and share. Similarly, if your eyes are piercing enough, everything is an opportunity to write.

After almost nine months of continuous daily writing, I'm having the impression each of the tasks I perform in my work can default to a writing activity. 

Reading is an opportunity to write a summary or Cornell notes, or to draw a mind-map. Watching a movie or listening to a song can become a review. A business idea can be shared as a tweet. A piece of code is a text with a limited vocabulary, a set of comments, and a commit message.

Even if it's just merely documenting, it's an incredible thing to internalize: you are full of stories worth sharing, the subject matter expert of your own life.

It's your duty to share this special inner voice with your fellow humans. That's how we evolve as a species, by building upon each other's experience. All you need is a bit of creativity to bridge the mundane to the fundamental truths of life. After all, we write because we are looking for some sort of truth, an attempt at transcribing reality.

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    @basilesamel I also love how Jason Fried mentioned elsewhere in the book where he used writing as the differentiating factor when choosing between 2 equally good candidates. That was quite an insight for me:

    "Hire great writers. If you’re trying to decide among a few people to fill a position, hire the best writer. It doesn’t matter if that person is a marketer, salesperson, designer, programmer, or whatever; their writing skills will pay off. That’s because being a good writer is about more than writing. Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking. Great writers know how to communicate. Writing is making a comeback all over our society. Look at how much people email and text now rather than talk on the phone. Writing is today’s currency for good ideas."

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 11, 2019 20:36:20
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      @jasonleow totally loved this part!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Aug 11, 2019 16:40:16
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    @basilesamel - gems. gems. gems.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Aug 10, 2019 20:39:59
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