Understanding Comes Before Writing
Marc Morganstern is a legendary deal-making attorney and investor. He was once a Clevelander, but now spends much of his time out west. Not long ago, I happened to come upon his company website, which has a page of his maxims. I especially admired the elegant concision of one of them: "If you can't write it, then you don't really understand it." You'd be surprised how many otherwise bright people never seem to grasp that simple idea.