Lots of people have asked me about commonplacing over the last two-something years.
Fair enough. I’m probably the biggest commonplacing master around.
But I haven’t said much–because, what is there to say? You just sort of do it. 1 I didn’t realize it’s a skill.
The questions have kept coming. Some I’ve replied to, most I’ve brushed aside due to being busy and not wanting to explain something that isn’t easily answered and would take me far more than 5 minutes of my precious time.
Many have asked about my commonplace. I have not answered because:
- It’s private.
- All success is based on some secret. Why share my hard-won weapon?
Haha. You know what?
–It makes me think of something Charlie Munger said at Berkshire’s 2015 annual meeting:
Young guy: What do you think is the least talked about or most misunderstood moat around a business ?
Mr. Munger: Everybody would really like to have a misunderstood moat. You’re the greediest fellow that’s spoken.
All you want to know is if I have a moat that you can understand that other people don’t. A modest wish.
You’re going to ask a 91-year-old man how to do it? Reminds me of one of my favorite stories. A young man comes to Mozart and says, “With your help I want to compose symphonies.”
Mozart says, “You’re too young to be composing symphonies.”
He says, “Look, you were doing symphonies when you were 10 years of age. I’m 21.”
Mozart says, “Yes, but I wasn’t running around asking other people how to do it.”
[applause–because Munger is one of the best humans alive]
I’ve put out a lot of stuff for free, but not everything can be given away.
That being said, I really do want as many people as possible to learn how to start commonplacing. As far as I’m concerned, it should be taught in school, so that more people would become independent thinkers and accomplished autodidacts.
Alas, those sort of people–because they can actually think–tend to be hard to control and cajole. And we wouldn’t want that in a democracy, would we now? No sir.
The Ultimate Commonplacing System:
It will teach you how to create your very own system of commonplacing.
I will walk you through the process–step-by-step.
I will even reveal my top commonplacing systems after 4 years of trial-and-error (probably saving you a hell of a lot of time!).
When you learn to commonplace properly, in a way that suits you, it’ll allow you to create systems to scale your natural talents, amplify your learning, improve your creativity, and ascend your personal development.
This product will be the first of its kind.
There is no formal knowledge on how to create a commonplace book, especially not using digital technology (which allows you to scale your accumulation of wisdom to create your own information system–your own library–and retrieve the answer you want at any time).
…or so I thought, because commonplacing came very naturally to me. But it seems like it’s not natural at all for most people, even though they want to learn how. ↩