Working With Masters

Working With Masters

Or The Power of Working With People Better, Smarter, and More Experienced Than You

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My thoughts every day for the last six months.  And I loved every minute of it.

In the last post I talked about how I failed at the job I got hired for six months ago.  I also talked about how I didn’t consider it a total failure because I learned a ton in that time.

How To Learn Faster

If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time you know that I am a self-taught value investor. This is due to health issues in the previous 10 years. Issues that were finally brought under control last May.

I didn’t start getting better as an investor fast until I started this blog.  This enabled me to not only get feedback from many of you on things that I needed to work on.  But it also allowed me to see my ideas written down on paper.  And this helped me see the flaws in my analysis.

I didn’t go through the same process with my writing because I didn’t realize it was important until the last few months.

How I Improved My Writing More In The Last Six Months Than I Did In The Last Six Years By Myself

“We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings. … Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.”
—John Updike, WD

Coming from the investment blogging world, I never thought that writing style, readability, and story were important. I thought people only cared about the numbers. And the decision on whether the company you were writing about was a good one to buy or not.

The writing masters I was privileged to work with for the last six months proved me wrong by illustrating the following point in different ways.

Or in other words: It’s easier to get people to listen to what you have to say if you tell a story and entertain.  Rather than just pounding on them with the numbers or facts.

The Masters

The company I worked for was a fast growing company of around 50 people. All super smart. Ambitious. And hard-working people who I learned an amazing amount from. But with this post I want to highlight the four writing masters I was able to work with.

My direct boss – the one who found my blog and reached out to hire me – was the best writer I worked with. Most others I talked with considered him the single best writer in the whole investment newsletter industry. And my experience with him proved this was true.

I was also able to work with two master copywriters who have helped sell $100’s of millions – if not billions – of dollars worth of products.  And one of these guys has built himself a $50 million fortune by starting businesses. Writing many best-selling books.  And selling products.

And the last guy I want to highlight wrote for The Office TV show here in the United States.

I got to work directly with all these people in the last six months.  And they helped me improve my writing more in that short time than I did in the last six years by myself.

These are just few of the amazing people I worked with.  Learned from.  And can now call friends.  And I recommend that you find your own masters to learn from to jumpstart your education.

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