David Perell

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

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My rule for learning: Start with usefulness, not with theory. • If you want to learn biology, start with identifying edible plants — not homeostasis. • If you want to learn to draw, start with copying famous paintings — not color theory. Practice first. Theory second.

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My friend was a nationally ranked debater, and here’s what he said: • Give a roadmap whenever you start speaking. • Signpost every argument. • Explicitly state the implications of your arguments. • He practiced speeches until his 5 year-old brother understood the impact.

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One of the biggest problems with school is we teach theory before practice, when we should really be teaching practice before theory

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I've been practicing my observation skills for years. Here's what I've learned about becoming a better observer: Write every day. The writing habit makes the world come to life. Every moment, from the mundane to the miraculous, becomes a potential future sentence.

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