Why I Write
This was written in response to clarify why we were writing Synergasm. Tim mentioned that we were quite different individuals, but did have some overlap. He also mentioned me wanting to try to start figuring out how to fix our education problem in America. This was my response.
Old Synergasm Post
Originally published April 5, 2012
Tim was close, but my life goal is to solve the education problem in America…not just start, but actually solve it! How am I doing this? I’ll talk about that in an upcoming post soon! After the meeting that Tim and I (and his wife) had we all decided that we needed to write more often. I told him that while I had the best of intentions, I didn’t feel that I always had something to say, and I wasn’t going to write just to write…I needed it to be about something. Also, with a busy schedule, sometimes it’s difficult to find the time. This was one problem that I felt confident I could overcome. Tim mentioned polyphasic sleeping, and it’s something I’m going to try: staying awake 22 hours in every 24 hour period by taking 20-30 minute naps every four hours! I’ll start posting more about they why and how behind that in upcoming posts, so stay tuned! It promises to be an interesting journey for us all!
Tim makes me out to be a better person than I am! I try to be passionate about things, but that’s just because they’re more fun that way; I try to live by one of my favorite quotes from Mark Twain:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Daniel Kahneman (a Nobel laureate) has talked about how memories appreciate in value while materialistic pleasures depreciate…suggesting that one should spend more money on experiences than on things.
Then we have the suggestion from Malcolm Gladwell that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert on anything.
So I have distilled this to three simple facts:
- take risks and try new things
- let those new things be experiences and they’ll make you happier in the long run
- do that a lot to become good at it
I love learning and especially the challenge of accomplishing something that’s really difficult. I think that to become successful at something one must win over the hearts of many people as it’s much easier to accomplish something when there are a lot of people supporting you and working with you. I think that the written word helps to achieve this and it helps make me a better writer by starting to chip away at those 10,000 hours!
But what are you going to get out of it? Hopefully lots of interesting ideas that make you reconsider what you believed in the past; I love challenging the status quo. I love it even more when someone challenges me back. That said, I try to approach a disagreement in the way that I believe everyone should: with the purpose of discovering truth. If truth is discovered, and I’m not on the right side, I’ll switch. I expect the same from the other person.
I also strive to project future possible states in which we may find ourselves! What happens when there are no more factory jobs and everyone is a “knowledge” worker? What happens when people have a Google implant in their brains that allows them to IM each other just by thinking about it? Will we still talk? What happens when people (and not just companies are incorporated at birth and have to pay quarterly dividends to those that have purchased their stock? I LOVE thinking about things like this and will try to share whenever something is relevant to education or management.
I also observe things that don’t seem to work the way that they should both at home and in my city…and remember I love challenging the status quo. So if something’s happening because “that’s the way we’ve always done it” I’ll be the first to challenge it. Am I off base? Sometimes. That’s why it’s better to be having this experience with Tim and you! It’s your job to help me out when I over reach on something or am clearly wrong about something. That’s what makes this experience fun! What about you? Why do you read?