#7: The Daily Writing Practice
Becoming a powerful communicator
The claims about the magical benefits of good writing were confusing to me. It’s hard to truly commit to mastering a skill without a foundational understanding of its value and without having tangibly felt its benefits. My inspection of this domain started from sporadically reading Seth Godin’s daily newsletter. I do not read it every day, but every day I see it in my inbox, and I think “Seth took time to think, write and share today. Why haven’t I?”
Jordan Peterson’s Essay Writing Guide further emphasized the importance of treating writing as a skill: “Your mind is organized verbally, at the highest and most abstract levels. Thus, if you learn to think, through writing, then you will develop a well-organized, efficient mind.” At Amazon, there are no PowerPoints; instead, there are 6-page memos that the team reads in silence for 20 minutes before the meeting. The presenter has to write up a memo that coherently outlines their argument. So it doesn’t matter if you are a CTO or CEO - you still have to write well.
Inspired by these strong arguments, I am making these memos a daily practice from now on. What I am seeking isn’t using fancy words and sentence structures. I want to flesh out my thinking and learn to articulate precisely. By learning to communicate at a world-class level, I will bridge the gap between what I want and my ability to clearly ask for it.