I look for interesting topics that are overwhelming.
Then I spend hundreds of hours making mastery in those topics easy:
I'm sometimes asked why I don't publish books or ebooks.
Surprisingly, books are a worse medium for education and discussion:
There are many experts. Few are great teachers. We need more teachers.
A bottleneck to having more is that teaching is not an innate skill. Most experts don't bother getting better.
They think, "I've put my expertise down on paper. Now, my readers can figure out the nuances on their own."
That squanders their expertise.
True teachers provide frameworks for learning how to cook in any situation. They don't just share recipes.
And they engage readers with narrative, which makes their content universally engaging.
As a result, great teachers can excite you. They inspire further exploration.
Great teachers—not experts—help you attain mastery. Because mastery requires tools over knowledge.
That's why I spend more time appreciating teachers than experts.
And I do so with the open-mindedness that teachers can be everyday bloggers and podcasters. Not just professors.
Podcasters and bloggers are also widely accessible. They're teachers for the masses. That's what I hope to be.
I categorize teaching into two types:
Type I — Collating, distilling, and articulating thoughts from the zeitgeist.
Type II — Contributing original thoughts back to the zeitgeist.
Teachers and intellectuals mostly produce Type I. That's okay. It's needed to make sense of the world.
But it's the rare Type II that stimulates. It's much more interesting to read.
With every handbook, I try to do both. I recognize they wind up being 90% Type I. That's okay. I need to make sense of a topic for others to master it.
But, what truly excites me is when I share my Type II insights.
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