Formula 60/40: Functional Repetition
Formula 60:40 is not a new formula; just it has been re-named to make it more applicable and easy to understand. This formula includes the functional repetition concept where everything you have done before, you takes it 40% of it fully or after adaptation and creatively creates a new idea or source for other 60%.
In application, for examples, the first time my friends and I did a medical checkup program in Kelantan, we only stayed in one place where the villagers had to go out from their houses and went there. However, the next time we did the tour, we improved by providing a mobile checkup where we went to one house to others. This is what we can call functional repetition concept or Formula 60:40.
To become a good writer, of course for a newbie or sidekick person like me, writing a new thing is good but to achieve higher, you need to ‘copy’ from other writer. The meaning of ‘copy’ is not copy or paste everything from them, but you need to read a lot, do some research and after that, write it in your own word and put up your own idea. Generally, how many peoples in Malaysia who can read thick or ‘sophisticated’ books? Of course not all of us can read that kind of book, but we can simplify it in our word, make the readers easy to understanding by using your own style of writing.
I have read several books of John C. Maxwell such as The 360° Leader and Developing the Leaders around You. I couldn’t finish read it all because both were thick and I don’t have much time to read. Therefore, I browse the contents and jump from one point to others. What I can see, there were several points which similar in common but being explained in a new way and simple. John Maxwell improvised his writing to be understandable to his target readers after making a little change of arrangement. Same occur to Tony Robbins books, in a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Control of Your Life (1995) and Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement (1986).
The most proof for this formula is its application in Al-Quran and Rasullullah SAW’s hadith. In Al-Quran, Surah Luqman: 12, Allah SWT use grateful word thrice in one sentence but with different use. First, Allah SWT encourages us to be grateful for everything He gave, second, He explained the effect of grateful person and lastly, He explained the effect to who are not. It is a repetition of one word but using it in different ways. Also in Hadith Sahih Bukhari, when one guy met Rasullullah SAW and asked him, who’s in my family need the best service from him? Rasullullah SAW answered your mother thrice and lastly, your father.
Simple to say, for starting, we can start with copying others who are better than us and then, we can slowly develop our idea and style. For me, I have done it when I learned to draw. I never have formal lessons on drawing but I copied all the pictures from comics or cartoons and slightly turning it into my own character based on my mood or feelings. It is similar to other things, writing especially.
Finishes write at 11.40 am by Fahri Shiddiq Jr (Friday, April 17, 2009)
Reference: “Tip Menjadi Penulis Bestseller” by Zamri Mohamad