In the 32nd email from 50 days of writing, David Perell talks about the the power of summarizing.
David mentions about how summarizing books that everybody talks references but nobody ever finishes it.
He says this because building an audience with summaries of the books - we will be attracting like minded people who read the books and a good summary will be an attracting feature to your ideas as well.
David states that writing summary of canonical books in our domain will justify the effort and also bring the like-minded people together. He further mentions -
Build an audience by summarizing these books. By doing so, you’ll do yourself and the world a favor. You’ll attract an intelligent audience by saving people time and introducing them to important ideas.
I love summaries. Summaries are the best way to get more perspective on the same book from different people.
We can see how an idea can impact different people in a different way. I personally wrote summary for Atomic Habits and it tells what my learnings and important ideas were. Not to mention the book is so good, that there can be 1000's of stories attached to it. The book 'Atomic Habits' has not been written right of the creative flow James clear was in. He was meticulously writing for 8+ years. That book is a summary of his blogs to be frank - which is why it has become so popular.
In order to be good at writing summaries I believe these three articles must come in handy:
- Write summaries for books that people recommend but never read. (help them by writing about something they are struggling to read).
- Build an audience by summarizing these books. You'll find like minded people by doing so.
Thank you for reading.