Why The Act of Writing Is Essential Video

Author Atul Gawande discusses why he values the act of writing so highly, as context for why he wrote his second book, Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance.
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Host: What makes you value writing so highly? Guest: I don't mean it to mean intimidating suggestion, I'm not saying you have to write a book or poetry. What I want people though to imagine is that maybe once a year, they would write something for a newsletter, something for a blog, to something where they make a little observation about the world and put it out into the community. The reason I say that writing something is an important way that you can be a positive deviant or another way of putting it is, it's a way you can make a difference, is that, number one, it makes you get your thoughts straight, you have to think through a problem when you declare it on the page, especially, if you then put it in front of other people. It automatically leads you to kind of take some leadership.

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