“Buffett builds political capital thoughtfully, for the day he may need it, because, as his partner Charlie Munger noted, ‘Our core competency is knowing we don’t know the future.’”
“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” — Steve Martin
It doesn’t matter if you’re a great writer, good writer, or self-loathing writer.
You can become a better writer.
What I’ve learned from these varied writing experiences is that our writing often improves when we break the writing process down into several distinct steps.
Each step requires its own skill set and separating them allows me to focus on what’s needed for each in that moment and has made my writing more simple, enjoyable, and effective.
Here’s an overview of the six steps I follow and how they can help you.
“One hundred little things. They’re divided into 10 categories: read, write, create, make, connect, watch, stretch, learn, stop, and start.”
“Leading with the need is an extremely effective way to position your product as solving an important problem for your customers.”
“Growing up, everything you’re told to do is for no other purpose than to earn the approval of others around you. It’s to satisfy somebody else’s standard. Our system is performance-based and not purpose-based. It teaches mimicry and not passion.”
“There is no need to sharpen my pencils any more. My pencils are sharp enough. Even the dull ones will make a mark.”
“Everybody is interesting if you give them the chance to be.”
“CNN’s approach to covering politics often prioritizes drama and spectacle over serious truth telling.”
“You don’t have to center everything. Often left-aligning can create more visual interest.”