Writing is a skill that too few Knowledge Workers actually develop and rely on. In this part about Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), I want to start by exploring some of the reasons why writing is actually an essential skill to develop if you want to reach “the next level” in your Knowledge Work career.

I’ll do my best to convince you that writing is deeply impactful and can contribute more than you can imagine to your personal and professional growth. I really want you to avoid underestimating the value of writing. It’s not about becoming writers or bloggers. It’s not about becoming Shakespeare. Writing is essential for many other goals.

One essential thing that I want to help you understand is that writing is thinking. The more you write, the better you’ll be able to think, and act. As Jordan Peterson put it:

If you can think and speak and write, you are absolutely deadly. Nothing can get in your way… Writing is the most powerful weapon you can possibly provide someone with — Jordan Peterson

As society evolves, we are writing more than ever. And with the rise of AI in general and Large Language Models (LLMs) in particular, the importance of writing will keep increasing. And it’s not because you can speak well that you can write well.

How can writing help you?

Among other things, writing can help you: