[March 1, 2023] The importance of writing cannot be understated. The best way to improve your thinking, develop your logic, and expand your ability to function well is to learn to write. The difficulty in learning to write is that it is time intensive.
When I accept (or reject) guest articles in my leadership blog, the best ones are easy for me. Approved! But those that are rejected, well, that is challenging work for me if I want that article. The words are wrong, the phrases are wrong, the sentences are wrong and not appropriately ordered in the paragraph, the paragraphs are not coherent, and the whole thing makes no sense.
For me trying to tell the person what they did wrong is, well, they did everything wrong. And that is not helpful either. I try to show them what they did wrong and how to fix it while encouraging them by showing what they did right. That is very expensive for me in terms of my time.
The best thing we can do is to teach people to write. I believe so because there is no difference between writing and thinking. One thing that irks me about the formal education system today is that no one tells students why they should write. They need to learn to write because they need to learn to think. After all, that makes them act effectively in the world. Thinking makes you win the battles of life that you undertake.
If you can think and speak and write, you are absolutely unbeatable. Nothing can get in your way. So that’s why you learn to write; it is unbelievable that people are not told that. In addition, I see that students and those in the workplace are told not to bother to learn to write because it is “not needed in modern society.” They are not told that the most powerful skill one can have is writing.
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