David Perell

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"The Writing Guy". He tweet about business, online learning, and Internet writing.

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Education is broken. Here is what the future of education will look like: Teaching will become an extremely lucrative profession. Salaries will follow a power law. The best teachers will make millions of dollars per year and teach thousands of students per year.


Cold emails are a great way to land a job. Here's what I've learned: ∙ Email the CEO directly. ∙ Show that you're unique. ∙ Be specific. ∙ Make a bold request. ∙ Have a clear call-to-action. ∙ Don't be humble. This isn't the time to be modest. Now... make magic happen.


Everybody is one exceptional essay away from a flood of career opportunities


I know too many people who have passed away young, so I'm going to take sabbaticals throughout my career instead of saving all the fun for retirement.


Employees don’t know how valuable they are. Recruiting is hard. It’s expensive and time consuming. When a company finds a good employee, they’ll fight to keep them. Ask for the raise.


Advice to every online creator: own your distribution. Build a simple personal website. Then, create an email list and ask people to subscribe. Email is — by far — the best place to build an audience.


I see a clear opportunity in podcasting. Make short, information-dense podcasts that are easy to binge. No fluff. Use them to tell your personal story or as a marketing channel for your company. Podcasts are the business cards of the future.


Basically everybody should have a personal website with three things: 1) Three published articles about topics they know well. 2) A list of interests and achievements. 3) An email sign-up button to capture emails addresses. You can build your website for free in one weekend.


Having a website with articles you've published is like having a personal agent who finds career opportunities for you 24/7


Free startup ideas: ∙ Replace LinkedIn with a global, portfolio-first job board. The platform should actually help you find jobs. ∙ A school where people graduate with a profitable business. ∙ Matching service for personal assistants who handle all chores and mundane tasks.


Two main ways to build credentials: 1) Pay $150,000 for a diploma 2) Do great work and share it online


Networking is a bad way to build a network


My career is driven by one insight. Writing on the internet give you massive leverage. Here’s why: Demand for quality content far exceeds the supply of it. Sharing ideas attracts kind and intelligent people. Some will become business partners. And others, lifelong friends.


A word to young professionals: Always, always, always follow-up with people. Most people aren't ignoring you. They're just busy.


Studying somebody for years and directly applying their ideas to a new domain is an under-rated career strategy.


Three trends for the future of work: 1) More short-term projects. Fewer long-term jobs. 2) Hyper-specialization: Pick a niche and own it. 3) Software automation: Creative and repetitive tasks will be automated. A dream world for brilliant marketers and capable entrepreneurs.


Silicon Valley is so far ahead in the cutting-edge of business frameworks that you could build a career applying them to other industries


The shorter your resume, the more impressive you are


Opportunity is everywhere. Learn as much as you can, and share the best of what you learn in public. Companies need writers. Companies need designers. Companies need engineers. Publish your learnings, so the Internet can create opportunities for you.


Hyper-specialization is a great way to build a career but a terrible way to live.


Teach in public and you won't have to wait for credentials to become an expert.


Everybody talks about learning to code. But nobody talks about how much copywriters are making. Online commerce runs on copywriting. A great copywriter will always have a job.


If you’re good at getting things done, one of the best career decisions you can make is to team up with an fast growing content creator and run their business operations. Creators want to spend their time creating.


Physics is to science what philosophy is to the humanities. If you're just looking for a job, they aren't good things to study. But they are indispensable for people who want to think clearly, understand the world, and solve open-ended problems.


Strong belief: We need many different kinds of higher education. Right now, everybody follows the same track. College isn’t for everybody. But college graduates still have a massive advantage in the job and marriage market. We need alternatives.


Charge more is the best advice you’ll find. If you sell consulting, you‘ll attract interesting projects. If you sell software, you can make a better product. If you sell courses, you‘ll only teach serious students. The best customers are the ones who pay the most.


Even if you don’t know how to code, make software work for you


People love watching others build in public. Work hard, share what you learn, and attract an audience of passionate supporters. One of the best career moves you can make.


Email newsletters are fun, but building a personal website is more valuable. It communicates professionalism and intellectual curiosity. Plus, you can add a splash of personality. Publish a couple well-written articles and it’s a home run. Websites are the new resume.


Learning in public is the business card of the future


Three ways for remote workers to shine: 1) Purchase a selfie light: Add light to your face so people can see you. 2) Dark background: Sit against a dark backdrop so the camera isn't over-exposed. 3) Learn to write: Remote workers communicate less by voice, and more with words.


In our age of information abundance, access to knowledge is rarely a competitive advantage. Share your best ideas. Building an audience will do more for your career than keeping ideas to yourself.


One of my top career strategies is taking ideas from YouTubers and bringing them to the intellectual sphere. Influencers are years ahead of the rest of us. They live at the frontier. Study influencers and you’ll see the future.


The higher you climb in your career, the more your job title becomes “professional writer.”


Two connected trends: 1. The end of lifetime employment. 2. People moving to cities. Employers don’t promote lifetime job security anymore. But strong professional networks bring career stability, even after you change jobs. Cities are the best place to build your network.


Free online course ideas: 1) Productivity training: Use powerful software to help people save HOURS per week. 2) Public speaking: Such an important skill, but it scares people. 3) Career moves: Community & accountability for challenging job searches. All big opportunities.


Don't pay $200,000 for a diploma. In most fields, a well-written collection of online essays and an audience of people who love your ideas is a much better credential.


How to attract more career opportunities: 1) Raise your ambitions. 2) Tell others about your goals by writing online. Smart people want to help people who are working on hard and important problems. Think big.


If you're looking for a job, one exceptional long-form essay is worth 1,000 mediocre cover letters.


The problem with traditional writing advice is it focuses on spelling & grammar, but not the experience of being a writer.

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