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David Perell
"The Writing Guy" | I tweet about business, online learning, and Internet writing | My Podcast: | My writing school:
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David Perell 8h
I live it and love it
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David Perell 8h
The needless complexity of academic writing reveals a lack of respect for the common reader
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David Perell 8h
Replying to @eshan_shetty
Love that movie!
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David Perell 8h
Replying to @david_perell
I love the way stories can expand and compress like an accordion. Done right, they can be delivered as profoundly through a short picture book as they are in full-length text. Each medium is like a different note in the author’s symphony, which helps you re-live timeless stories.
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David Perell 8h
Replying to @david_perell
Gareth Hinds is the artist, who I just discovered. He has all kinds of picture books about classics like Macbeth, Beowulf, and the Illiad.
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David Perell 8h
The concept of an Achilles Heel shows up in all kinds of stories. Here’s the original story, beautifully told.
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David Perell Aug 30
Whenever you edit your writing, you go through three phases: 1) Axe mode: Cut large sections and big blocks of text 2) Knife mode: Remove unnecessary words and sentences so you can create a logical flow 3) Chisel mode: Make small cosmetic adjustments, right before you publish
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David Perell 9h
You can often cure writer’s block by pretending to text your friends instead of trying to impress your English teacher
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Gurwinder 10h
Writing tip: The belief that the 1st draft must be good makes starting on it an intimidating prospect that often leads to paralysis. So let the 1st draft be junk; it should be purely about getting from start to finish, nothing more. You really write the piece when you rewrite it.
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David Perell 10h
Replying to @david_perell
Of anything I’ve read, this paper does the best job describing the character traits of entrepreneurs. They are over-qualified, under-estimated, and are driven by a dose of generative hubris.
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David Perell 10h
The Greek idea of “Thumos” perfectly describes the personalities of great entrepreneurs. It describes a spiritedness that is driven by passion, productive anger, and an existential drive to eliminate injustice in the world. With the trophy of success comes honor and glory.
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David Perell 11h
Replying to @david_perell
Whenever I spend time on the Internet, I come back to this idea of the Never-Ending Now. It’s a battle of escaping the here & now.
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David Perell 11h
I like books that were once popular, but now forgotten. One example is “Progress and Poverty,” which was the #2 best-seller in the 1890s but is nowhere to be found today.
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David Perell 12h
Academia incentivizes people to specialize and make narrow advancements in their fields, but I wish we had more writers who question everything and present radical theories of how the world works. Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, and Oswald Spengler come to mind.
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David Perell 14h
Replying to @paulg
Writing online is like studying philosophy. The less you have an end goal in mind, the better your writing will be. So paradoxically, focusing less on your end goal may help you achieve your end goals faster. I like this example from .
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David Perell 14h
Replying to @david_perell
Campbell’s Law is a lot like Goodhart’s Law too: "The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor."
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David Perell 14h
Replying to @david_perell
The Lucas Critique says that if you follow what’s worked in the past too closely, the strategies that once worked will stop working. Here’s an example from macroeconomics.
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David Perell 18h
Replying to @david_perell
Here’s another question I like to ask: “What in-demand, super specific thing am I exceptionally good at?” The best answers are as narrow as a pinpoint.
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David Perell Nov 24
Peter Thiel’s philosophy in three words: Be anti-mimetic. Here’s the secret... the Internet lets you curate your environment, so you can be hyper-mimetic towards people who are anti-mimetic. Copy the people who don’t copy people.
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David Perell Nov 24
Replying to @JohnathanBi
“If you study philosophy just for profit, you won’t profit from it.” —
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