Writing is a Technology

Writing is a Technology

It's no secret that writing is how we store our lessons and experiences as people.

We have access to thousands of years of lived experience via the explosion of documented knowledge, thanks to the printing press, and now the internet.

But most of us don't consider ourselves writers or authors, even though we communicate every day.

Why not?

My hypothesis: it's hard to be objective about your experience.

Is it interesting?
Is it valuable?
Who decides?

The paradox here, no one can decide it's valuable until you do. (because it will remain unwritten)

I don't just believe this in theory, I now live off of the income I earn from documenting lessons and experiences of my 10 year career in design. 

I urge you to start documenting what you know, because there is no downside.

Worst case scenario, you become a better writer — best case, you produce something that creates an impact well beyond you.


"Experience is the comb that nature gives us after we are bald." – Belgian Proverb

Over long periods of time, building and betting can both be positive-sum games.

We are present when we can experience reality without being consumed by what has already been or what might be.

Learning is like climbing an infinite ladder.

We're conditioned to think of a single percentage point as an almost non-consequential gain. In conventional wisdom investing, 1% would be laughed at.

How long it takes to learn something is a better proxy for how valuable something is than how long it takes to do something.

It's comforting to think that hitting a certain target or achieving a definable milestone will bring us lasting comfort.

If you make $10,000 or $1,000,000 and spend 100% of it, the outcome is the same.