Feedback Loops

After 178 days of blogging (now 179) every day, there’s one thing I️ realized that I️ should be doing that I’m not. I’m kicking myself it’s taken so long for me to figure I­t­ out!

I️ need to audit the previous day’s work.

As much as I️ would like to think that just the sheer fact of writing every day will automatically improve my work, without clear feedback on what’s good and what sucks how could I️ possible get better?

Without clear, consistent feedback, no amount of time spent doing something is going to improve your skills.

For all I️ know, I’ve written 178 drab posts that no gives two potatoes about. I️ don’t think that’s the case, but without feedback loops, I️ would never know.

I’m not concerned about numbers of how many people are reading or liking my work, what I️ care about is quality.

My aim is to eek out a little bit of improvement every day. 

As long as I’m focusing on quality and putting myself out there as much as possible, I’ll be able to have a much greater impact in the long-term.

Slow and steady. Hone your craft while you’re still in obscurity.

So what’s going to be my feedback process?

Every morning, I’m going to read the previous day’s post.
On the surface, I’ll be looking for spelling and structure. Is the length good? If it’s short could it be shorter? If it’s long, does it earn it’s keep?

The real audit will be asking questions like:

Does this topic make sense? Do I️ understand what I’m trying to say? Will others understand?

Is this post relatable? I️s there a better way to phrase this piece?

How is the flow? Is there a personal touch or storytelling aspect to the piece?

And finally, is this post good? Is there a way to make I­t­ better? On a scale of 1 to 5, is this bad, irrelevant, good, great or profound?

The goal isn’t to crap on my writing, the goal is to give myself positive feedback for improvement.

Remember, practice doesn’t equal perfect. Rather it’s deliberate practice, with active ways to check yourself and readjust that leads to exceptional work.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

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Related Insights

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” — Elon Musk

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” — Bill Gates

“An important skill for all SpaceXers is the ability to accept critical feedback. This is key to anyone’s growth and becoming better at what they do.” — Gwynne Shotwell

Relentless Pursuit

So much can happen in two months.

It’s hard to wrap my head around it all.

I haven’t posted a blog in a while. I’ve still been writing and interviewing but haven’t created the time to actually do all the little things required to ship it out to the world.

Editing, uploading, linking, photography, posting, social media, connecting.. rinse repeat.

I’ve got the creativity down but not the managing.

I need to learn how to better manage myself and my time effectively so the little things don’t add up to big things.

Now I could stand here and explain (*cough* complain *cough*) why I haven’t made the time for the small things.

Setbacks — My life’s been in turmoil this year with finances, friends, health..

Opportunity — My time and energy are elsewhere with new Pursuits — I got a new full-time job at Pass It Down as the Creative Director. I got a second full-time job as Paul Cummings Online Business Hacker.. (Yes, I am crazy)

But honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing. Setbacks happen, and what we do with forges us into who we are. Opportunities are in arms reach when we say yes more. Knowing how you can apply setbacks and opportunity to what’s important to you is the hard part.

Writing is too important for me to take shortcuts or do anything but take the little things seriously.

You could make the case that the little things in life are the most important things.

The Little Things ARE the Big Things.

Our daily actions add up to our dreams becoming reality. Each day we invest in.. something (whether we realize it about it or not). What are you investing in? The little things act like compound interest. They habitualize. (I love making up words.) They build and build until one day they become BIG.

Q: What important things are you neglecting right now?

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In the next coming months, I’m going to focus on mastering the Micro-Skills involved in writing, blogging, and podcasting.

Creating doesn’t magically equal success because creating is only a small piece of the work.

You have to have ridiculously good content first, (otherwise, why would anyone want to consume your work?) but you also have to be great at all the skills that surround the pursuit that you love. (Or great at outsourcing what you’re not good at)
 
Writing, Music, Learning, and Connecting are important to me.

When you have something that’s important to you, you can’t just let it slide by. (You can, but that’s the path of most regret)

Do you want to be someone who looks back at a shoulda-coulda-woulda life with remorse? Longing for something more than a job you hate, friends you don’t have, and opportunities you didn’t take?

You have to pursue it with all your might no hesitation.

 

Relentless Pursuit is how we make dreams happen.

 

Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner