If you have sincerely followed up with my past recommendations to be an avid reader, you will greatly benefit from this post. How so?
Simply put, you must have by now read so much that most of my explanations will feel unnecessary. You will now have a basic understanding of sentence structure, grammar rules, word position, etc.
But, if you have not followed up on my advice, you will find be boring after few posts. So, I ask you again to go back to reading and continue reading.
My discussions will now be focussing both on the legal aspect of contracts and the language behind it. I am not recommending any best practices to be followed for contract drafting, for I believe that one should develop one’s own understanding about the subject, learn from one’s mistake and from mistake of others and improve one’s knowledge. For no man can boast of knowing all, and I dare not do that. I believe that you have the potential to achieve the desired outcome, but you will achieve that outcome only if put in the required efforts to achieve that.
So with above motto and motivating talk, let us begin with the first learning on writing better contracts. The message is ‘be humble’, ‘be amazed’ and ‘do as many mistakes you can’.
Being humble is the key to learn about a new subject. If you believe that author as a teacher has lesser knowledge about the subject and you know more, author invites you as a guest author to this blog. Else, hold your peace and SHUT UP. Unless you now agree that you are author’s student for a life time, and author will be your teacher on the subject of contact drafting for ever, you should find your teacher in someone else.
Being amazed is the second key to learn about any new subject. Unless you are truly amazed by your learning, you will soon lose interest and wander off to other interests. So stay truly amazed by trying to learn new things every day, about contracts and about writing. If you have noticed, I have shifted from using the combined word “contract drafting” to two different words, “contracts” and “writing”. For both words will be the guide for both you and I [What is correct use here, ‘I’ or ‘me’? Try to find that out].
If you are ready to make mistakes and accept that without making mistakes you will not learn, you are not listening to me correctly. Making mistakes does matter for learning, for it teaches us another valuable lesson – ‘never repeat your mistakes.’
You must be thinking now – What on earth author has written above – There is nothing about ‘contract drafting’, which is supposed to be author’s real subject of writing. Let the author clarify – the scope of this post is to make aware of the basics of learning – the three messages of this post- before you move to learning. If you have not yet noticed, author has made you read this post, without there being any direct expounding of material on either the ‘contracts’ or the ‘writing’, the two basics that author claims to be teaching you.
The real message – if you are reading this – is a riddle that you need to solve. Tell everyone – through your comments to this post – what exactly, other than the three messages of this post, author has tried to teach you. Also tell, what you have learnt through this post. Yes. It is true – the intended message of author and reader’s learning from this post can be different.
The author’s real message, hidden in this post, will be included as an explanation to this post in near future. Till then, Sayonara.