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December 12, 2016

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Spot on, I think this point is extremely important.

I would go so far to say that for anyone in a STEM career, the ability to write clearly and to succinctly describe behaviors in a complex system is 'pure gold'. Without it you will have difficulty demonstrating your expertise, and someone who is better-versed may end up getting the credit for your ideas.

Writing skill for any professional may be akin to location for a retail business. Most of your value is derived from transactions with your customers, and you want to be in a position where it's easy for them to do business with you.

So if you think literature and writing are mere 'electives' for an engineering or finance major, think again!

One of the benefits I find to writing a journal for myself is that it breaks logjams in my thinking and motivation. I don't yet understand all the workings of journaling, but I find that my attitude, motivation, and consistency improve. My journals are sometimes conclusive, but mostly they are transactional in nature as I assess and organize my thoughts, deeds, actions, and goals. Essentially they are usually very small steps in my journey, with an occasional medium step. I'm still hoping for a leap, but will not get frustrated if one never occurs because of the benefit-cost ratio thus far.

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