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David Perell

1. Building a writing habit

How to improve your writing:

1. Get ideas on paper: Put words on the page as fast as you can. First drafts are always messy. But you can only start shaping ideas into polished writing once they're out of your head. The beauty and clarity you desire will emerge with each edit.
David Perell

2. Paradoxes of modern life

Some paradoxes of modern life:

1. The paradox of reading: The books you read will profoundly change you even though you’ll forget the vast majority of what you read.
David Perell

3. My business model

~ My Business Model ~

I write, tweet, podcast, teach, and invest. Here's how my personal media engine fits together.

Dark blue = The current flywheel

Dotted blue = The future flywheel

For an explanation of every element, read the thread below.
David Perell

4. Building a Personal Monopoly

The Internet rewards unique people.

Find your unique combination of skills, interests, and personality traits.

I call this a Personal Monopoly.

Become the only person in the world who does what you do.

Then, tell the world by sharing your knowledge.
David Perell

5. Starting a business by writing online

If you want to start a business, writing online is the best way to start.

Here are 10 reasons why:

1. Writing online makes marketing easier. The people who read your writing now will become your customers in the future. An audience will speed up your path to profitability.
David Perell

6. How creators can earn a living

The career path of a creator has three stages:

1) Discovery: Hone your craft and find the idea you want to be known for.

2) Income: Ditch the corporate world and become financially independent.

3) Equity: Get ownership in a business that’ll grow without your daily involvement.
David Perell

7. A collection of 50 ideas that form my worldview


Here are 50 ideas that shape my worldview.

These are my guiding principles and the light of my intellectual life. All of them will help you think better, and I hope they inspire curiosity.
David Perell

8. How Kendrick Lamar takes notes

Kendrick Lamar one of the world's best writers.

His recent album, Damn, won a Grammy and a Pulitzer-Prize award. His writing is propelled by a note-taking system that helps him capturing the ideas behind his lyrics.

Here's what you can learn from his note-taking system.
David Perell

9. There are two kinds of creativity: Beer mode and Coffee mode

Creatives have two kinds of working:

1) Beer mode: A state of unfocused play where you discover new ideas.

2) Coffee mode: A state of focused work where you grind towards a specific outcome.

You find ideas in Beer mode and implement them in Coffee mode.
David Perell

10. How to build a note-taking system

If you want to improve your writing, start by becoming a better note-taker.

Here are 10 ways to do that:

1. Save only the best notes: Don't hoard information. Save your top 5-10% of ideas only. That way, you can trust that everything in your note-taking system is high-quality.
David Perell

11. A motto to help you develop your voice as a writer: Imitate, then Innovate

David Perell

12. The future of education

Education is broken.

Here is what the future of education will look like:

1. Teaching will become an extremely lucrative profession. Salaries will follow a power law. The best teachers will make millions of dollars per year and teach thousands of students per year.