Writing

I write so that I can understand. I find that confusion can sneak in if I just read or think about a concept. Forcing myself to write down my thoughts exposes weak areas in my thinking.

The second reason to write is to pass on what I’ve learned. I owe a lot to generous experts that have shared their knowledge and expertise. I’d like to pay it forward.

The two areas that I currently write about are endurance training and value investing. At first glance, the two subjects seem disparate. However, the two have a lot of common ground:

  • Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world: Building on previous gains is an incredibly powerful force;
  • The long game is the key to success. Gains made over the long-term are more stable and persistent than quick fixes;
  • Natural principles govern progress. And anyone that has a shortcut is selling something;
  • The lottery mentality is a tempting dead-end, despite what popular magazines’ top-10 lists would have you think;
  • The devil is in (skipping) the details. The aggregation of marginal gains pays big dividends;
  • The most effective methods are demanding and unpopular;
  • Cognitive biases account for most of the big mistakes;
  • “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” Most people get it backward most of the time, wasting a lot of time and money in the process.
  • It’s not the ingredients, but the cooking that’s important. The keys to long-term gains are well-known; secret ingredients don’t exist. The big differences come from how the ingredients are combined.

For more details, check out my posts on endurance training and value investing.

When I was climbing a lot, I wrote editorials for Alpinist, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice, and Gripped; articles and trip reports for the American Alpine Journal and the Canadian Alpine Journal; and did some copywriting for Black Diamond Equipment.