Day 49

Writing is a skill. Here I send notes of my writing from the 50 days of writing course by David Perell, to reflect, develop and build my writing style.

Day 49
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In the 49th email from the 50 days of writing, David Perell talks about 'Building A Personal Monopoly.'

In the mail, David mentions a quote from Jerry Garcia -

You want to be the only person who does what you do.

Your Personal Monopoly should reflect your innate interests, not what you think the world wants. There are two reasons why:

  1. The Internet creates power law outcomes so if you’re not fascinated by what you’re writing about, you won’t be world-class at it, and
  2. Due to the immense scale of the Internet, the audience for almost every topic numbers in the thousands. If you’re chasing a trend, you’ve already lost.

He further mentions that if our Personal Monopoly isn’t immediately obvious, that’s okay. Most people take five years to find theirs. As you search, double down on the ideas that captivate you, the compliments people give you, and the projects you enjoy working on.

Then, share the best of what you learn online. Write about every aspect of your Personal Monopoly: the people, the concepts, the history. All of it. Then, persuade your readers to cross your Public to Private Bridge.​ When you build your Personal Monopoly, you say yes to playing a worldwide game that most people don’t even know exists.

My thoughts:​

My thoughts on building a Monopoly are based on the line James Clear says in the Ground Up Show Podcast by Matt D'Avella.

Focus on the system and the goal will take care of itself.

My goal is not to have any number of followers but to write every day. Be it a newsletter issue, a post for my design journey, or an interesting idea that I want to break down.  I am pretty sure if I do this over a certain period of time not sure exactly when. I will achieve some spotlight. That is enough to get me started.

Building a monopoly is similar to climbing a mountain. If you look at the peak and work towards it, step by step. Only then you are able to reach the height.

The Internet really gave us the opportunity to create and make new jobs every day. Building a second home on the internet on this website is a big achievement in itself overcoming self-doubt. The only valid step I can rely on right now is

  1. Consistency
  2. Constant Feedback

This 50 days of writing is even coming to an end and except for 5-7 days in between, I have written pretty consistently which I am absolutely thrilled about After this finishes, Here is my plan for the coming months.

  1. Write a weekly newsletter curating content - Weekly Brew
  2. Write one post on the Design Story newsletter.
  3. Write one Article breaking down Mental models that I want to be aware of.
  4. Build interesting ideas in my note-taking system.

I am planning to do this continuously for 3 months.

Thank you for reading.


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