David Perell is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the creator of the wildly successful Write of Passage – an online course that helps people accelerate their careers by writing online. He has amassed a following of over 300,000 people on Twitter alone.
In this conversation, we spoke about David's college years, why introspection is overrated, David's interesting writing habits, and why epiphanies are felt.
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(5:01) The first time David started to take himself seriously
(6:11) Find the leverage
(8:12) Bill Morningstar
(11:20) How to get confidence when you’re not qualified?
(12:25) Coining terms as a creator
(15:00) Mimetic theory
(19:33) How do you make sure what you want is what you really want?
(21:33) Why does David spend time with people he disagrees with?
(25:01) Knowledge workers should treat themselves as athletes
(27:13) Changing the education system
(39:31) Who does David admire today?
(43:01) Surrendering to the art of conversation
(44:29) Overcoming insecurities
(47:20) Injecting more of himself into his work
(48:34) “Epiphanies are felt”
(50:40) “Introspection is overrated”
(53:08) Why David grades his dad A+++
(56:50) How do we live with more joy?
(1:00:23) How much did David turn to the internet as a kid?
(1:02:45) Annual Review
(1:03:41) Connection between plants vs. podcasts
(1:06:28) How to judge improvement on creative work on week-to-week
(1:07:41) The unexpected benefit of writing
(1:12:01) Does David have any trouble sleeping?
(1:13:39) David’s weird writing habits
(1:20:40) How has David gotten less self-loathing?
(1:22:51) Balaji NYT/BTC/CCP framing
(1:26:41) Why are we so attracted to the current?
(1:30:23) Why is David a long-term thinker?
(1:31:11) Web3 vs. Bitcoiners
(1:32:51) Lessons from Robert Moses
(1:36:33) Any fiction?
(1:38:00) Book deal?
• First David Perell appearance on The Danny Miranda Podcast 070 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCS3Qyh7LKs
• Kevin Kelly’s 103 Bits of Advice – https://kk.org/thetechnium/103-bits-of-advice-i-wish-i-had-known/
• Austin Scholar – https://austinscholar.substack.com/
• Jack Butcher days vs. decades – https://twitter.com/jackbutcher/status/1485609022799716353
David's Links Twitter – https://twitter.com/david_perell
Write of Passage – https://writeofpassage.school/
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