February 21, 2022

Be Prolific

You’ll produce better work by doing lots of it than trying to make it perfect. I’m often surprised by how much better I get at something just by doing it over and over again or using it lots (e.g. video games, roam research). It helps with developing intuition.


  • The Ultimate Guide to Writing Online by David-Perrell

    I’m reminded of a famous story about a ceramics class: On the first day, the teacher divided the class into two groups. The group on the left side would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, while the group on the right would be graded on quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an A”, forty pounds a B”, and so on. Those being graded on quality,” however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an A.” Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: works of the highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work — and learning from their mistakes — the quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.”

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