Filler Content

Alright boys and girls, don’t forget, next week your 20-page writing assignment on your summer reading is due.

Does this bring back memories?

If you’ve ever forgotten about a school project (or procrastinated on a work project) you know the all-too-familiar filling of needing to bang out a large amount of work in a short period of time.

The go-to strategy is to fill it out with as much content as you can squeeze out. Back in the day, I’ve had some genius slacker friends have master the art of BSing their way through a school project.

As someone who enjoys writing now (where I previously didn’t like it), I find this kind of project humorous. I could easily write as many pages as requested if I was interested in the topic enough (that’s one of the problems, most students find what they are learning boring).

But I’m much more interested in distilling down than filling out. I thrive on functional work, not filler work.

How can I remove this down to the essence?

Imagine how captivating your project would be if you could distill 20 pages down to 1 incredible page that told you everything you needed to know.

Adding is easier than removing.

It’s much hard to pare something down to its essence than it is to fill it out.

Anyone who’s BS’d their way through a school paper, or watch a show that with lots of filler content between the main storyline will know what I mean.

There’s always more filler content, garbage, and extra stuffing available for us to use. It’s hard to make something bite-sized and relatable. It takes more time and more effort.

But that’s why these diamonds in the rough stand out so iconically.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1172

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