I’ve been thinking…

Never a good sign. Me thinking.


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I thought starting this blog that I would just see what I wanted to write about. I didn’t have a plan. I don’t have a business strategy. I just thought I’d start writing down things that I like and go from there. I didn’t want to write a diary. Probably closer to a gratitude journal.

Part of it was curiosity – what do I like? Lots of scientific research shows how people -everyone – is hopeless at knowing what really makes them happy. So I thought: maybe if I write it down I can see.

Another theory that interests me is that some people learn by writing things down*. Is that me?
(oh dear. it seems that you learn more by writing than typing. too late!).

Anyway. So far I seem to have recorded a particular moment in my life when I became obsessed with fashion for a few weeks. At least that what I think now.

* I am reading a Harvard Business Review book on Managing Yourself, and this article mentioned this idea.

How do I learn? The second thing to know about how one performs is to know how one learns.   Many first-class writers – Winston Churchill is but one example – do poorly in school.  They tend to remember their schooling as pure torture.  Yet few of their classmates remember it the same way.  They may not have enjoyed the school very much, but the worst they suffered was boredom.  The explanation is that writers do not, as a rule, learn by listening and reading.  They learn by writing…

Some people learn by taking copious notes.  Beethoven, for example, left behind an enormous number of sketchbooks, yet he said he never actually looked at them when he composed.  Asked why he kept them, he is reported to have replied, ‘If I don’t write it down immediately, I forget right away.  If I put it into a sketchbook, I never forget it and I never have to look it up again.’  Some people learn by doing.  Others learn by hearing themselves talk…