Here are a few notes from an episode of the North Star Podcast I listened to today titled Seth Godin: Writing Every Day. David Perell is the host and Seth Godin is his guest.
Seth Godin is a best-selling author. He is also known for his writing habit. He's written something on his blog every day for over 20 years.
Benefits of a Writing Habit
Godin talks about all of our everyday habits. How can we set up streaks that involve making some sort of contribution? Writing is a habit that has benefits for the writer and the reader. There's an importance in showing up each day and shipping work. The process of writing and shipping/publishing becomes an engine of self-definition and improvement.
Imposter syndrome stops people from creating and sharing. It can be a sign that what you are doing is new (for you) and important, and it's nothing to hide from. It's a sign that you're doing something that matters. This applies to any new endeavor where you're in unchartered territory.
I also really appreciate that he talks about writing for writing's sake and that he would continue to write every day on his blog regardless if someone reads it or not. The writing can spark inspiration rather than the other way around.
I haven't always agreed with David Perell's take on public education, although he does make some good points. I do think he is passionate about writing and teaching others how to write.
Seth Godin is a supporter of public education. Public education is an equalizer and provides a uniform experience for kids. It can build culture. He also talks about how he wishes kids could have a more uniform experience at the home instead of some kids hitting the "home life" jackpot.
Godin goes on to say that public schools are powerful when they focus on the right outcomes. He does not think standardized testing performance is one of the important outcomes. I agree. There are more important outcomes than that.
This episode is worth a listen.