Accumulating Leverage by Writing Daily with Dickie Bush, founder of Ship 30 for 30 on The Louis and Kyle Show with Louis Shulman and Kyle Bishop

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Key Takeaways

  • Writing daily is a must for novice writers so they can discover what direction to take their writing
  • The Ship 30 writing challenge accelerates the process of writers understanding what and how to write
  • “Every success I’ve had has come from creating a system where it’s inevitable that I build that skill” – Dickie Bush
  • Writing gives you clarity of thought – it changes the way you see the world
  • If you’re not writing on the internet, you’re missing out on a free opportunity to get your work out there
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously – no one cares if your writing is not good, but if it is, people will like and remember it
  • Anything you learn, you should share through your writing

Intro

Dickie Bush (t:dickiebush) is a portfolio manager and founder of Ship 30 for 30, an online writing community.

Why Writing Online is Important

  • The internet has created the possibility of infinite replication
  • “Once you realize how much leverage and power writing online can give you, all you want to do is learn more and more about how to learn and execute that craft at the highest level.” – Dickie Bush
  • If you’re not writing on the internet, you’re missing out on a free opportunity to get your work out there
  • “The written word is so powerful to change the world and the way we think” – Kyle Bishop
  • When you write, the action of writing can change you, too
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously – no one cares if your writing is not good, but if it is, people will like and remember it

Ship 30 for 30

  • Ship 30 for 30 is a daily writing challenge that has taken Twitter by storm
  • Increase the frequency of writing and you increase your audience feedback, but also feedback from your inner self
  • Writing daily is important early on because you don’t really know what you want to write
  • The Ship 30 writing challenge accelerates the process of writers’ understanding of what they want to write
  •  Dickie says writers see the world differently after the 30 days – “It’s a personal exploration that will change you and leave you with a clearer way of thinking” – Dickie Bush

Personal Benefits from Writing

  • Writing is thinking – it changes the way you see the world
  • Writing gives you clarity of thought
  • Writing helps you meet a lot of people
  • “The internet is a lighthouse for like-minded people. Standout and be easy to find.” – Dickie Bush

Writing Atomic Essays

  • Atomic essays work because they are short and very clickable
  • Dickie started the 30 essays in 30 days concept to help himself write more and learn more about himself as a writer – he wanted to find his voice
  • Exploring new ideas for 30 days and writing about them creates a great writing habit
  • Atomic essays should fit on one Twitter screenshot because people have short “consideration spans”

People that Influenced Dickie

  • James Clear, author of Atomic Habits had a great influence on Dickie – the book provided him a framework for behavior
  • Dickie listened to every episode of Tim Ferris’s podcasts and found the guests and interviews amazing

Priorities and Routines Beyond Writing

  • Prioritize health and fitness – it should be the base of your priority pyramid
  • Dickie’s AM routine – the goal: wake up and be alert
  • He wakes up at 4:45 am, hydrates, and does mobility exercises
  • Next, Dickie takes a 30-minute walk – without a phone – and tries to stay mindful
    • He meditates but admits struggling with it
  • Dickie rounds out his first 90 minutes with thirty minutes of writing

Core Principles

  • Try to be an intentional person: why am I doing this?
  • Write for growth and improvement
  • Long term change has to come with acceptance
  • You choose to be happy or not
  • In the same way that COVID-19 has accelerated 10 years of change, try and pull your own long term goals forward i.e. make your ten-year goal a six-month goal
  • Rock your foundation – get out of habitual ways of thinking

Success in Finance

  • Success as an investor isn’t about predicting the future but about predicting the future of consensus and how it will move
  • The wisdom of the crowd is usually correct, so it’s already in the price
  • You can predict the future based on what everybody else is thinking

Writing Advice

  • Anything you learn, share through your writing
  • Jot down small ideas, thoughts you could expand upon
  • Look for the things you want to do, the skills, habits, and impacts you want to have, and act on them
  • “Every success I’ve had has come from creating a system where it’s inevitable that I build that skill. I call this just-in-time instead of just in case.” – Dickie Bush
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