The thoughts that go on inside your brain are complex and nuanced. So much so that they don’t belong in the real world. To take them out to the real world, you have to re-package them with limiting tools — i.e., language and your ability to wield it. This inevitably leaves out some of the meaning behind your original thought. And it’s often forgotten.
I believe everyone has interesting thoughts daily. Thoughts that are relatively unique. And perhaps helpful, if only they are able to capture them intact.
The problem is that the more you allow these elusive thoughts to slip by, the less you start to notice them. They become white noise.
The skill of capturing and articulating your thoughts has asymmetrical benefits. Both in your personal and professional life. Not to mention it makes you so much more interesting. It’s like there’s a superpower inside of you and it’s waiting to be ignited.
To ignite it, you have to make it a habit to write down your thoughts. Practice getting on paper what is in your mind. Over time you’ll get better and better at articulating it. Understand that it’ll never be an exact copy.
The authors and speakers you admire don’t have a special talent, they just had tons of practice doing this.
This idea was inspired while listening to this amazing speech by David Foster Wallace. His ability to articulate his thoughts is unparalleled.