Some notes as I go through modules of various courses out of order. If I’m not actively applying things, I can at least try to summarize ideas for others (including my future self).
- Building credibility as a beginner (Ship 30 for 30): A lot of people get hung up on their lack of expertise in an area that they want to write in. Yes, you should study masters in whatever field it is to learn what they do—Dickie Bush talks about wanting to write about writing so he studied successful copywriters and bloggers. Combine that with stories about what you’ve recently done as a beginner. Dickie would write about starting his writing habit. (Shaan Puri has a good phrase for this: be a curious novice.)
- Buy those carrots (Matt D’Avella’s Master YouTube): He talks about going the extra mile for his videos. And it’s not surprising since he’s known for the quality of his videos. The example he shares is heading to the grocery store to buy carrots specifically to use in a video. It’s a pretty small thing—anyone could do it really. But few people actually do. They’ll just stick to using things around their house. Take the extra step: buy the carrots.
- Write, meditate, run (Captain Sinbad’s course): Find some activities that you can always return to. For Captain Sinbad, he knows he’s always able to return to writing, meditation, and running. If he hits a creative block, he knows he probably isn’t writing enough (at one point his goal was 2 hours of writing every day). If his mind and body aren’t quite in the right place, he can choose deliberate stillness (meditation) or deliberate movement (running). This combination keeps him centered.
As for me, I can always write 3 notes from courses, books, or podcasts. So this just might be my sort of daily practice. Maybe it’ll add up.