Brain Food – No. 536 – August 6, 2023
Timeless ideas and insights for life. (Read the archives).
Let’s get back to building unique, high-quality stuff.
“The real reason for our existence is that we provide something unique. Our particular area of contribution is to design, develop, and manufacture electronic measuring instruments. … [T]he reason for our existence and the measure of our success is how well we are able to make our product.”
Haters gonna hate:
“If my critics saw me walking over the Thames, they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.”
— Margaret Thatcher
3 Tiny Thoughts
The gap between knowing what you want and going after it is where fear thrives. You don’t need enough courage for the entire journey. You only need courage for the next step.
Writing gives poor thinking nowhere to hide. When your invisible thoughts are made visible, you are forced to confront them as they are, not as you wish them to be. You can’t simply take a few minutes here and there, get the gist of the problem, and expect to have clear thinking and unique insights. Good thinking, like good writing, demands patience.
Good writing is expensive, but poor writing costs a fortune.
Poor writing transfers the work from the writer to the reader. Good writing, on the other hand, nearly reads itself, allowing the reader to spend more time thinking about the ideas than pulling out meaning. Poor writing might be one of the single biggest invisible costs in organizations.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. A lot of cool things about bees.
P.P.S. Members have access to our interview with Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman.