I recently had an opportunity to hang around brilliant folks in their fields. Mainly it was wine and food – and ooooohhhhh such good wine and ammmmmazing food.
But there was something to their brilliance which had me think about this little quote.
“If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.”
Excluding the non-verbal aspect of tasting the fruits of their talents – when I spoke with them, they easily got me to grasp what they did. No fancy language, not bells and whistles, no references to 18th century chefs & techniques that didn’t mean anything to me.
They had taken the time and could write a shorter letter.
Perhaps the leaders of tomorrow should remember that. Perhaps we’re already heading there with the infinite blogs and content creators leveraging skimming behaviours, smaller paragraphs and brevity to stand out in the crowd.
Perhaps it’s a tone we’re getting used to and looking for the more we head into a tribal state.
Originally written about a year ago in an old defunct blog of mine.
I am blowing off the dust and giving this a new home.