The Paradise of Writing

Soneva Jani working

Why do I do it” remains the second most frequently asked question about Maldives Complete. When people, especially in industry, discover the site you can see their minds whirring looking for the hitch and trying to figure out where I get my return. As I have discussed numerous times, the site is one big expensive hobby whose many dividends are non-monetary. One I wanted to write about today was the dividend of ‘writing’ itself. And not surprisingly, some of the best articulation come from one of my favourite writers, Seth Godin:

  • “And a huge advantage of having a daily blog is that the software is always open, waiting for you to write something. Your story doesn’t have to be a book, it is simply your chance to make a difference.” – A Place to Write
  • “Even if no one but you reads it. The blog you write each day is the blog you need the most. It’s a compass and a mirror, a chance to put a stake in the ground and refine your thoughts.” – The most important blog post

Finally, I came across this inspired passage from Huit Denim’s company newsletter (thanks Steve) which reflected similar dividends from the process of writing (I especially like the “gym for your mind”).

Writing is thinking.
Writing is a gymnasium for ideas.
Write to learn how to make a good talk great.
Write to learn how to make the complex simple.
Write to learn how to convey a big idea in the fewest words.
Write to learn how to separate the important details of your argument from the noise.
Clear thinking is a genuine superpower.
And here is the best thing, with practice, you get better at it.
The keyboard is a gym for your mind.
Go often.

3 Thoughts on “The Paradise of Writing

  1. Hi Bruce
    Love you blog
    Can I ask for some help we went to Maldives in 2019 and fell in love with it we stayed at Meeru island is my 50 th birthday this yrs so would like to take family we have two older boys in there twenties and a daughter age 13
    Looking for a good house reef would like to see dolphins and manta

    Love proper sandy beach

    Thinking of going back to Meeru but also seen Kandinsky

    As room options look good


    • “Kandinsky”? Do you mean Kandima?
      Are you looking for something in a similar price range to Meeru?
      You can see dolphins pretty much everywhere in the Maldives. You can also see mantas in lots of places if you go diving and visit their “cleaning stations”. It is a bit harder to see them snorkeling, but there are a few spots where they are known to be seen near the surface (eg. Manta Point in North Male Atoll, Haifaru Bay in Baa atoll, South Ari Atoll).
      Maafushivaru has a beach with some of the softest white sand we have seen, the house reef is very good, it’s in the South Ari atoll (ie. good mantas), and is similar in price to Meeru.

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