AL DíA: A Cog’s Game

Are you a cog in the machine, a piece of machinery that does only what it must do for the greater good? Well, what’s wrong with that? Imagine building trust without being reliable, trustworthy. I can’t imagine putting my trust in someone who couldn’t get the job done every day, right? Hmm….

A writer who has an angle always appears smarter than one who does not. As such, I try to put an angle in every bit of writing I do. I succeed and fail with some regularity (you tell me which). While looking for the quote, I found myself reading this piece:

Once you have a good angle, the actual writing is a snap, because you know what to put in and what to leave out. In fact, once you have an angle, what often follows is the easiest thing in the world to write: a list. (Source)

The power of the list, fondly referred to as the listicle (an article full of lists), made writing easier for me. For inspiration, I often re-read Writing the Ed-Tech List Article. None of this would have come to mind if Seth Godin hadn’t reminded me of the power of having a point of view.

A point of view is the difference between a job and a career.
It’s the difference between being a cog and making an impact.

The truth is, you can be a cog with an angle. That’s what makes being a cog fun…cogs have an important job. They transfer energy.

a wheel or bar with a series of projections on its edge that transfers motion by engaging with projections on another wheel or bar.

Ok, let’s break that down a bit. A cog transfers motion (energy). It does that by engaging with other elements that get things done. Maybe, the problem with POV is that they confuse making an impact with being disruptive and not getting things done. Maybe, cogs get things done that need to be done…and that makes it all work.


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