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.


No business school would ever teach a humor class, but being funny is more helpful than the majority of things you learn in an MBA


All the smartest people I know have mastered the art of teaching themselves


Online education is growing fast. It's harder to sell a course than build one: The top online schools are run by people with the largest audiences, not necessarily the best teachers. But building an audience trains you to teach.


If you explain the problem best, people assume you’re the right person to solve it


Here's what I've learned about launching online products. 1. Give tons of free stuff away. The Internet rewards people who teach. Share your best ideas for free, and you will attract an audience of like-minded people. Build an audience before you launch your first product.


Save money on marketing by teaching your customers instead of buying their attention


You under-estimate how many things you know that other people wish they could learn from you.


If you teach an online course, study entertainers — not traditional teachers.


Most college professors care more about their research than teaching students


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.


My rules for business: 1) Team up with people who work fast. 2) Communicate in long-form writing as much as possible. 3) Do two kinds of planning: weekly planning and quarterly planning. Then, execute. 4) Learning and sharing the best of what I learn is my marketing strategy.


Create your own luck by writing online. Tell people what you’re working on, be open about your goals, and teach others what you learn.


My rules for working: 1) Solve problems other people aren’t solving. 2) Leverage the internet. 3) Share as much knowledge as possible. 4) Make two people proud: your 8-year old self and your 80-year old self. 5) The best partners have talents that look like magic to you.


School didn’t teach you how to write online. Here’s how writing online is different from what you learned. in school. 1. Distractions are everywhere: 90% of writing well is not getting distracted by the Internet. Put your phone away. Turn off the Internet. Focus on the words.


You under-estimate two things: 1. How much you know that other people don’t. 2. How much you AND other people will benefit if you share your knowledge. Learn. Write. Publish. Repeat.


The biggest problem with writing education: We focus too much on grammar. Teachers focus on grammar because it's easy to grade. The REAL problem is that people don't know how to identify and refine interesting ideas. That's the #1 challenge for 90% of writers.


A recipe for learning anything. Watch one. Do one. Teach one. First, observe how other people work. Second, do the work yourself. Third, show somebody else how to do what you just did.


Writing prompt: If you want to write, but don’t know what to write about, publish an in-depth book summary. The best book summaries are better than the actual book. Teach people and save them time, and they’ll share your work. You have the information you need. Start writing.


Learn to teach, learn to entertain, and full-time learning can become your job


Write before you're an expert on a subject. Writing forces you to clarify your ideas and motivates you to accelerate your learning. By sharing what you learn, you'll attract experts who will share their knowledge with you. The more you publish, the faster you'll learn.


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.


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


Investment memos are a 10/10 marketing strategy. • Teaching is an excellent way to build trust with current and future customers. • Transparency attracts the right people and repels the wrong ones. Warren Buffett has been writing yearly letters since 1965. Brilliant.


What I’ve learned by teaching writing: 1) Writers block is easy to fix. You need a note-taking system and people to talk about ideas with. 2) Student satisfaction increases as they pay more. 3) The most successful students write every day and publish once per week.


Give a student a curriculum and they can learn for a month. Teach a student to be self-motivated and they can learn for a lifetime.


The online creator playbook. ∙ Grow your audience on social media. ∙ Deepen the relationship via email. ∙ Build trust with a podcast. ∙ Monetize the masses with a subscription. ∙ Sell a course to your most engaged fans. ∙ Coaching and consulting for your best fans.


Online marketing in two sentences: Learn obsessively. Teach the best of what you learn.


Take a moment to appreciate the power of writing online. When you share intelligent ideas, you accelerate human progress and attract incredible people and opportunities. Almost anybody can write. And everything you need is available online, for free. Writing is a superpower.


THE PARADOX OF SPECIFICITY On the internet, the narrower your brand, the more opportunities come to you. The internet is best matching tool ever invented. Pick an niche. Learn all about it. Share what you learn by writing online. And watch your life improve.


Online marketing in three words: Teach, don't sell. Learn as much as you can. Then, share the best things you learn for free.


One way to become lucky. Share what you’re working on! 1) First, share what you’ve learned. 2) Second, share what you’re working on — so people can help you. Do it with a monthly newsletter or an annual review. By writing online, you can create your own serendipity.


Top universities get teaching wrong. World-class experts are rarely the best teachers. They care more about their research, and many of them actually dread teaching. There's a better solution. Learn from the world's best TEACHERS instead.


Great teachers don’t just explain things. They make things INTERESTING. Students who aren’t committed won’t learn much. But passionate students are unstoppable — especially in the age of the Internet. Inspiration first. Explanation second.


Problems with modern universities: • Thousands of colleges teach basic classes like Econ 101 in parallel. • They are slow to shift resources in response to changes in the labor market. • Zero communication with alumni to solicit feedback after graduation. We can do better.


A formula for making yourself luckier. Luck = How much value you create x How many people you tell about it. Improve the world. Then share everything you learn. Rise, repeat.


Important lesson from teaching an online course: Compliments transform behavior. Compliments light people up. They inspire us to work harder and take action. It’s a beautiful thing to watch. Compliments are an easy way to make the world a better place.


The top creators on the Internet are prolific and unapologetically themselves. Find a small, but growing niche. Then, learn everything you can, and share the best of what you learn.


Build your audience by teaching. Become the expert on a cutting edge software program. Write tutorials. Make templates. Share how you use it. Align yourself with the company and ride their hype wave.


One of my favorite things about Internet culture is that it’s cool to be smart. Learning is praised. Teaching others is rewarded. Curiosity is the name of the game. That’s a world I want to live in.


Writing online is the seed of entrepreneurship. It teaches you how to clarify your ideas, make them useful, and distribute them to an audience. Same skills as building a business.


Most academic writing is bad, so most writing teachers teach you how to write poorly. Good writing is communicating interesting ideas clearly and concisely. It’s that simple.

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