Day 28: brains, brains!

Interesting Links

✍️ David Perell's Personal Writing Syllabus

Online writing is something that sits close to my heart and the identity I want to build for myself – writing has the power to maximize one's impact on other people's lives. When you pass on your life's experiences to someone over a real life conversation, your impact is just that 1 person. However, when you write and publish it online, your reach is virtually unlimited. Many people could benefit learning from your experiences. That's exactly what I'm trying to do.

I haven't checked out everything within this link yet. However, a quick skim should be enough for you to know that this is an invaluable treasure trove of “how to write better” guides. If you want to write better and impact more people, check this resource out.

🧠 Where We Are Heading with WorldBrain

WorldBrain was something I dreamt of as a kid and it was something that rooted itself in my identity at a subconscious level. I wanted to, and still strive to today, to build products that can transform the way the world learns. Especially by connecting people's brains together – not literally duh, but by surfacing the best content for learning something online.

WorldBrain does something like that (not exactly the same, but they're really close) The issue with such products is measuring the value it brings to people. If it's widely used but no one is willing to pay for it, then they won't be in business for long. However, they follow the Steward Ownership model, which research has shown to have a 600% survival rate versus regular companies. Maybe they'll stick around for good.

PS: I would love to connect with anyone who shares a similar interest in products like WorldBrain. Who knows, maybe we could work together to build something that's way better. There's a lot potential in building cognitive/neuroscience driven products. The world is hungry for learning.

Learning Systems

One of the things I'm exploring now is setting up a learning system that I can improve over time. This is important to me because i'm always trying to find interesting things on the web and expand my knowledge base.

However, I've also noticed that as I consume large swathes of information, I have no reliable systems in place to make sure they stay relevant for practical use. If I'm consuming so much information but I'm only able to retain a pathetic percentage of it, I'm just wasting my time on things that can't improve my life.

In the book Atomic Habits, there's an interesting excerpt. If one were to improve themselves by even 1% per day, that improvement compounds to 37x improvement in a year's time (Do the math: 1.01^365). Year on year, this would mean a 53939x improvement in 3 years, if I am consistent in improving by 1% daily (Do the math: 1.01^(365*3))

The most important question here is: how do I be consistent for 365 days x 3 years? Habits – basically systems – is the way. Habits are things you do on a consistent basis.

That's exactly what I'll be working on over the next few weeks. I know this is possible because I've built a habit of writing for 28 days straight. It's already something I look forward to everyday – heck, I couldn't fall asleep unless I wrote my daily journal!

Want more of my brains?

I don't know if this means anything to you, my dear reader. But I want to know your thoughts and feedback on what I wrote. If you could be so kind as to leave me some of your thoughts, I'll be very grateful and happy.

Send them to me via Telegram or a tweet – whichever you prefer as long as we get to talk! I love to make new friends!

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